Tomato stew

This hearty Vchunks stew is a delicious and satisfying dish. Tender plant-based meat is simmered in a rich blend of tomato, bell peppers, and aromatic spices, creating a flavorful stew. Perfect to enjoy with rice, yam, or plantains for a wholesome meal."

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 5 hours 30 minutes


  • 300 g
    Plant based meat (Vchunks) boiled
  • 2-3 tbsps
    Olive oil
  • 1
    Onion chopped
  • 5 big
    Tomatoes blended 
  • 3 tbsps
    Tomato paste homemade
  • 3
    Red bell pepper blended 
  • 1
    Habanero pepper blended 
  • 2-3 cloves
    Garlic grated 
  • 1 tsp
    Ginger grated 
  • 1 tsp
    Curry powder
  • 1 tsp
    Paprika optional, for color
  • 1-2
    Bay leaves
  • 5 stems
    Basil leaves Optional
  • Salt Adjust to taste
  • Pepper Adjust to taste
  • Water


  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a pot.

  2. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent.

  3. Add the grated garlic and ginger, and sauté for another minute until fragrant.

  4. Add the Vchunks to the pot and brown them on all sides.

  5. Stir in the tomato paste, blended tomatoes, basil and bell peppers. Cook for 10 minutes.

  6. Add curry powder, paprika (if using) and bay leaves. Mix well.

  7. Pour enough water to cover the Vchunks, and bring the stew to a simmer.

  8. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the stew simmer gently for about 20 to 30 minutes.

  9. Add more water during cooking if needed.

  10. As the stew cooks, check and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

  11. Once the stew has thickened, remove the bay leaves.

  12. Serve the Stew hot with rice, yam, plantains, or preferred side dishes.


Creating homemade tomato and onion paste involves boiling and blending these ingredients to preserve their natural flavours without additives. This versatile paste elevates your dishes with a rich taste and offers a healthier, preservative-free option for your recipes.


Courses: Sauce, World Meals
Cuisines: World
Keywords: Homemade tomato paste, Tomato-based stew
Difficulty: Level 2 (average)
Cooking time: 30-45 minutes
Season: General
Number ingredients: 10-15 ingredients
Taste: Savory, Sweet
Preparation method: Cooking
Type of dish: Stew
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge