Slow cooked vegetarian stew with dumplings incorporates Italian herb based flavours. This one pot stew combines together potatoes, baby marrow, butternut, peas, and carrots.


  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1/4 butternut, diced
  • 4 baby marrow, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, grated
  • 1/2 tomato, grated
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • Salt to taste
  • 10ml Italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1ml turmeric powder
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced
  • 1,4 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown onion soup powder
  • Oil
  • 50g butter or margarine
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1ml salt
  • 2ml baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Boiling water to form a dough


  1. Heat enough oil in a large pot.
  2. Stir in half the quantity of onions, cinnamon stick, bayleaf and thyme.
  3. Allow the onions to simmer until translucent in colour.
  4. Add in garlic clove, Italian herbs, turmeric powder, black pepper, cumin powder, chilli and coriander powder.
  5. Simmer the mixture for 30 seconds.
  6. Stir in the remainder of the onions, tomato potatoes and carrots.
  7. Add salt to taste.
  8. In a separate bowl, mix the onion soup powder and enough water to form a uniform liquid mixture.
  9. Add the soup mixture to the potatoes, reduce the heat setting and allow to cook covered for 5 minutes.
  10. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  11. Add in the oil and mix until the flour mixture resembles a  bread crumb texture.
  12. Stir in enough boiling water to form a soft dough.
  13. Divide the dough into 6-7 ball shapes and set it aside.
  14. Add butternut to the potato mixture.
  15. Allow the butternut to cook until it is almost soft, stir in the peas,  baby marrows and dough balls (dumplings).
  16. Cook the stew for a further 5 minutes. The vegetables should be cooked at this stage.
  17. Add in the butter and mix well.
  18. Serve the vegetable stew with dumplings hot with toast.