Umphokoqo with Beef Stew | Bull Brand

The humble maize meal dish, Umphokoqo, is also known as African salad. And we’ve given it a delicious Bull Brand Twist and served it with beef stew.

Serves: 4


  • 625 ml (2¼ C) water
  • 10 ml (2 t) salt
  • 750 ml (3 C) maize meal
  • 15 ml (1 T) sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 10 ml (2 t) garlic, crushed
  • 3 large tomatoes, skinned and finely diced
  • 50 g tomato paste
  • 15 ml (3 T) sugar
  • 30 ml (2 T) corn starch (Maizena)
  • 250 ml (1 C) prepared beef stock (use a beef stock cube)
  • 1 x 300 g can Bull Brand Corned Beef, sliced
  • chopped parsley to taste
  • 15 ml (1 T) butter or margarine


  1. Make the Umphokoqo first. Place the water and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Using a fork, stir in the maize meal and continue to stir until the mixture is crumbly. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes with a fork until cooked to your liking.
  2. Meanwhile make the stew. Heat the oil and add the onion. Fry until golden then add the chilli and garlic. Fry for a minute then add the tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar and stir well.
  3. Mix the corn starch (Maizena) with a little of the stock then stir it into the tomato mixture. Now add the rest of the stock to the tomato mixture and bring to a boil. Cook until thickened, stirring all the time.
  4. Add the Bull Brand Corned Beef and stir gently until heated through. Add the parsley and remove from the heat.
  5. Stir the butter or margarine into the Umphokogo and serve with the stew.

Cooking Tip

This dish can burn easily, so watch the heat and stir often.