How to Prepare Food in Botswana

As the national dish of Botswana, seswaa is served at weddings, funerals, and other celebrations. Seswaa’s ingredients are very straightforward: meat on the bone, water, and salt.

What is seswaa made of?

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Seswaa (as the dish is called in the north of Botswana) or loswao (as the dish is called in the south of the country and western South Africa) is a traditional meat dish of Botswana, made of beef or goat meat. It is prepared using leftover cuts or tough cuts such as legs, neck, and back.

How do you cook Dikgobe?


  1. Soak the sorghum grains and beans in lightly salted water for an hour, and keep the sorghum grains and beans separate.
  2. Boil the sorghum grains for 20 minutes and then add the beans.
  3. Boil for 40 minutes, or until the mixture is well done.
  4. Lightly stir-fry the vegetables and flavor them to your taste.

What is seswaa in Setswana?

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This popular dish is known as seswaa; boiled then pounded beef. This big event dish would normally be prepared in traditional three-legged pots over an open wood fire. In fact, this is a dish that is prepared mainly by men who can put a bit of muscle into pounding and shredding the beef once cooked.

How do you cook Mosuthwane?

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a bowl wash mosutlhane with cold tap water.
  2. In a medium saucepan put broth, oil, and salt and bring it to a boil.
  3. Place mosutlhane, cover with a lid and reduce the heat and let it simmer for 50-60 minutes.
  4. Be careful not to overcook or it will be mushy for salad.

What is the main food in Botswana?

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Beef is the most popular with the locals, followed by goat meat. Most traditional dishes in the country use sorghum or maize, prepared as a porridge or pap known as bogobe, as their base. These are the main crops grown in Botswana and are a staple food of the country.

What are the Tswana traditional food?

Examples of Setswana food include pap, samp, vetkoek, bogobe and mophane worms. A food unique to Botswana is seswaa, salted mashed-up meat.