Braised viennas

I remember growing up and eating this dish endless amounts of times at my grans house.

My mother also used to make a version of this, but hers was more a curry and a little bit stronger than my grans.

I tried to replicate both their recipes, but it was always a flop, somehow the curry was either to strong or the sausages seems to be trying to squeeze out of their casings. I eventually just came to the conclusion that maybe this dish was not meant for me.

Then I came across a very similar recipe to my grans in Cariema’s recipe book and I thought why not give it a try.

And will you believe it or not, it came out perfect, the sausages looked like sausages at the end and the seasoning was perfect not too strong. There just seemed to be nothing wrong with this dish. It looked and tasted just like my child hood.

Even my dad enjoyed it, he hand two helpings in one sitting. Which speaks volumes especially when it comes to viennas, he is not a huge fan of them, but he liked this dish.


  • 1 x tbsp. oil.
  • 2 x onions, finely chopped.
  • ½ x cup water.
  • 3 x potatoes, peeled and quartered.
  • ½ x tsp salt.
  • ½ x tsp tomatoe paste.
  • 1.5kg viennas, sliced.
  • ¼ x tsp black pepper.


  • Heat oil in a pot.
  • Add the onions and saute till transparent.
  • And the water and bring to the boil.
  • Add the potatoes, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoe paste and give it a good stir.
  • Add the chopped viennas and do not stir. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle over the pepper and carefully mix .

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