• 3 1/2 cups mealie-meal
  • 750 ml boiling water
  • 500g beef
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 whole cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1/4 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 1/4 medium yellow pepper, juliened
  • 1/4 medium red pepper, juliened
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
Sadza remugaiwa, (straight run) is one of the popular mealie-meals in Zimbabwe.  Straight-run mealie-meal is one that has just been milled once and is preferred among those that want to eat healthy as it has more nutrients preserved when compared to the super-refined version. I served it here with some shredded beef and vegetables. The family especially enjoyed how the beef was so tender, almost silky like in texture. The best way to achieve this is to slow-cook the beef on very low heat.


  • 2 Medium sized pots
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Wooden spoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Tablespoon


  1. Put 1 1/2 cup mealie-meal in pot. Add enough cold water to make a paste. Put pot on stove and add boiling water whilst stirring simultaneously. Stir until it comes to a boil and then reduce heat to a gentle simmer.
  2. Simmer for 20 min. Add the remaining mealie-meal bit by bit. Close pot and simmer for another 10 min.
  3. To prepare the beef. Cut it into medium sized pieces. Heat oil in pot, add salt, garlic and lemon juice. Fry until the meat is browned.
  4. Add water and simmer until the meat is tender. Using a fork, shred the beef into pieces.
  5. In a separate pan, heat 2 tbsp oil, add the onion. Fry for 2 min. Add the peppers, soy sauce and 1/4 tsp salt. Fry for another 2 min.
  6. Add the shredded beef to the pan and fry for 3-5 min. Enjoy!

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