Seswaa Recipe: How to Make Botswana's Signature Dish

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Seswaa is a traditional Botswana dish that holds a special place in the country's culinary heritage. This hearty meal consists of slow-cooked, tender beef or goat meat, traditionally prepared for special occasions and gatherings. Let's delve into the recipe to learn how to make this flavorful delight.


3 lbs beef or goat meat, preferably shank or shoulder

2 onions, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

Salt to taste



Start by thoroughly cleaning the meat and removing any excess fat. In a large pot, combine the meat, chopped onions, minced garlic, and a generous pinch of salt. Add enough water to cover the meat completely. Bring the pot to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and let the meat simmer gently for several hours, stirring occasionally. Continue cooking until the meat is very tender and falls apart easily when shredded with a fork. This slow cooking process may take 3-4 hours or more, depending on the meat and the size of the pieces. Once the meat is tender, remove it from the pot and transfer it to a large bowl or cutting board. Use two forks to shred the meat into smaller pieces, discarding any bones or tough connective tissue. Return the shredded meat to the pot and simmer for an additional 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Taste the seswaa and adjust the seasoning with more salt if necessary.


Seswaa is traditionally served with bogobe (maize porridge) or morogo (cooked greens), creating a wholesome and satisfying meal that reflects the rich culinary heritage of Botswana. Enjoy this flavorful dish with your favorite side dishes and share it with friends and family for a true taste of Botswana.

Seswaa is more than just a meal – it's a cultural experience that brings people together and celebrates the traditions of Botswana. With its tender, flavorful meat and comforting aromas, this dish is sure to become a favorite at your table.