Recipe: Creamy samp and a lip-smacking beef stew

Mzansi loves its umngqusho or samp - a staple for foodies across the country. Ncumisa Mkhabile shares her creamy samp and beef stew recipe for a lip-smacking plate of kasi comfort food

Try this recipe for comforting samp and beef stew by Khayelitsha's Spinach Queen, Ncumisa Mkhabile. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Kasi cuisine is what she does best. That’s why Khayelitsha’s Spinach Queen, Ncumisa Mkhabile, shares her creamy take on a favourite comfort food, but adds Cremora and Aromat for a personal twist. The obvious star of this dish is umngqusho or samp, a staple for foodies all across Mzansi.

Creamy samp and beef is just one of those dishes that you can enjoy no matter the season, says Mkhabile. Umngqusho is a versatile food that can be served with anything from chakalaka to meaty bones. It’s perfect to enjoy on its own, but adding meat just takes it to another level.

Feel at home this weekend with Mkhabile’s creamy samp and succulent beef stew.

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Beef stew and samp


  • 2 kg stewing beef, cut into cubes
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 4 cubes beef stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tin of tomato paste
  • 100 g Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups of samp
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp Aromat
  • 38 g mushroom soup
  • ½ cup Cremora or Ellis Brown powdered milk
  • 38 g creamy cheddar sauce
  • 2 tbsp margarine
  • 250 ml fresh cream


For Samp:

1.     Wash the samp.

2.     Once you have washed the samp, place in a bowl and leave to soak overnight. *Soak in 1L of cold water.

3.     Cooking samp: Drain soaked samp and place in a pot.                                 

4.     Add enough boiling water to cover the samp.                                                 

5.     Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for two hours or until soft. Stir every 30 minutes. Add water when necessary.

6.     In a bowl, add powdered milk, cream and mushroom soup and cheddar sauce with 100 ml of hot water and mix until it forms a paste. Once paste is formed, add another 150 ml of water. Add to your samp.

7.     Add margarine and Aromat and stir.

8.     Simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally until you get a creamy texture.

9.     Serve hot and enjoy!

For beef stew:

1.     Heat oil over medium heat. Brown the beef for 3 – 4 minutes on all sides.

2.     Dissolve stock cubes in 500 g of water then pour over the beef.

3.     Simmer for two hours.

4.     Add onions, carrots, potatoes, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce.

5.     Simmer for 60 – 90 minutes on low heat until tender. Serve with samp and enjoy!


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