• In the realm of culinary delights, there are dishes that transcend time, weaving a tapestry of flavours that tell tales of tradition and home. One such gem is the tomato smoor, a rich and savoury South African dish that has graced family tables for generations!

    The essence of tomato smoor

    Tomato smoor, deeply rooted in South African cuisine, is a dish that encapsulates the essence of comfort and simplicity. Smoor, derived from the Dutch word “smoren,” meaning to braise or stew, perfectly describes the slow-cooking method that imparts a luscious and concentrated flavour to the tomatoes. Tomato smoor is delicious on a boerewors roll, with your brekkie, on nachos or as a dip.

    This is a simple yet delicious dish and can be made in minutes! Discover how to make a delicious tomato smoor.

    How to make tomato smoor


    • 1 large red onion, sliced
    • 250 g mushrooms, chopped
    • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
    • 2 cans tomato and onion mix
    • 50 g tomato paste
    • 1 tbsp sriracha sauce
    • 2 tsp dried thyme
    • 2 tsp dried oregano
    • 1 tsp dried parsley
    • 1 tsp crushed garlic
    • 2 tsp ground black pepper
    • 2 tbsp coconut oil
    • salt to taste



    Brown the onions over medium to hot heat in a pot or deep frying pan.


    Add the red pepper and cook until browned or softened.


    Add the mushrooms, dried herbs and pepper.


    Keep cooking over medium to hot heat until the mushrooms soften and everything is mixed well. Then add the tomato paste, garlic and sriracha sauce.


    When well combined, add the two cans of tomato and onion mix.


    Let it simmer over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes until the liquid has reduced considerably but not totally.


    Add salt and more pepper to taste. Serve hot or cold.

    Jana Ferreira is a copywriter with an avid love of cooking. She started her food blog, Jana Cooks, in 2018. It was the result of coworkers often asking Jana for recipes upon seeing the delicious leftovers she packed to work. Starting a food blog seemed the most logical solution to share her recipes with anyone who loves comfort food as much as she does.

    “Besides the traditional ingredients in a tomato smoor,  I often add chilli flakes, mushrooms, peppadews, and a splash of Worcestershire sauce to zhoosh it up,” says Jana.

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