I happen to think Zulu is one of the sexiest languages in the country. On hearing the name of this dish I couldn’t help but imagine a Zulu man saying “Sthandwa sami, ngicela ungiphekele isiphuphulu sikabhontshisi namazambane ntambama” Aaaaaah! Doesn’t that sound sexy?
Initially I struggled pronouncing the name of the dish and resorted to sticking to bean and potato dish. Even so I still I think the name sounds sexy.
Anyways, this bean and potato dish is a Zulu staple. It’s very easy and quick to prepare. My first attempt of the dish delivered on flavour but I was not entirely convinced about the colour. I then realised that the trick is in the potatoes…do not mash them.
I love this dish not because of the name but its tasty and also a good alternative to your rice, pap etc. Try it you’ll love it too.
Bean & Potato Dish Recipe
1¼ cup sugar beans
½ cup split peas
500ml water, boiling
5 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 onion, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
5 sprigs thyme, chopped
1ml white pepper
Sort the beans and soak them overnight.
Rinse and cook the beans in water until tender.
Add potatoes, split peas and continue cooking until they are done.
In another saucepan, heat 15ml butter, then sauté the onion and pepper until crispy.
Add thyme and continue stirring.
Add the bean and potato mix and the rest of the butter.
Add salt and white pepper. Serve hot.
This dish can be served with either veggies or meat.
For a vegan meal, replace the butter with olive oil and serve with your choice of vegetables.
Don’t mash the potatoes otherwise the dish looks gray and unappetising.