Meaning of potjie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpɔɪki/

nounplural noun potjies

  • 1South African A cast-iron pot with a lid, typically having three legs, for use over an open fire.

    ‘A bonfire is burning, and potjies (African cooking pots) on white-hot rocks are bubbling with ostrich and seafood dishes.’
    • ‘The weather was fine, tables laden and potjies bubbling merrily away.’
    • ‘The black pot on the table is called a potjie, and is used to make stew on the fire.’
    • ‘I can't see any reason why it won't work in a potjie.’
    • ‘On other evenings, we cook with a traditional three-legged potjie pot - in which we even bake bread - and braai chops and chicken.’
    cooking utensil, container, receptacle, vessel
    1. 1.1mass noun A stew cooked in a potjie.
      ‘the seafood potjie was a winner’
      • ‘Then it was only right that he joined us for lunch, a delicious potjiekos, if I say so myself, which he particularly enjoyed.’
      • ‘I simply cannot image an egg potjie, so let's stick to chicken.’
      • ‘Actually, I find cider quite a pleasant drink, so I cannot see why one cannot have another bottle or two around, just in case the potjie needs it.’
      • ‘Willem's favourite meals to make are anything traditionally South African, from braais to potjies and spits.’
      • ‘Anyway, on a more pleasant subject, the pineapple people in the area have asked my why I don't use use their fruit in potjies.’


Afrikaans, literally ‘little pot’.