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.
Umngqusho is my favourite dish of all time. I promise you I never get tired of eating it. Some of my friends and family always complain that it gives them gas. To be honest that never bothered me because it just means there’ll be more left for me. Haha!
It’s a lovely dish that you can serve with meat or as a vegetarian dish just as is. Because it’s my family won’t touch it due to the gas I’m always left with more as a result I’ve tried it with a variety of ingredients even baked it with cheese on top. Yum! I love it best when it’s served with affal (amaphaphu) mmmmmh! Infact the latter is my welcome home dish because my mom prepares it for me whenever I go home. This time my mom gave me her base recipe to work from and I’ve prepared it with some mushrooms, baby marrows and onion on red peppers and served with succulent lamb chops. I hope you enjoy the dish as much as I do! Bon appetit!
My Mom’s Samp and Bean Recipe
1 cup (250ml) white samp
1 cup (250ml) sugar beans
1 tsp (2.5ml) salt
1 tsp (2.5ml) white pepper or 1 stock cube
1 tbsp (15ml olive oil
2.5L boiling water
2 baby marrows, sliced
2-3 button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 onion, chopped
5ml italian herbs
2ml hot curry powder
25ml cooking oil
Sort the beans and soak them in just enough water to cover it up, let soak overnight.
Throw away soaking water, rinse and transfer the samp and beans to a saucepan.
Add water and simmer at a low temperature until the desired softness is achieved.
For Peppers: Heat the oven to 200۫C. Line a pan with foil, spray the foil with a cooking spray. Brush the outside and the cut edges of two peppers with olive oil. Place the peppers cut side open on the greased foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. If removed immediately they lose shape and break.
For mushroom mix: Heat the oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onion until golden brown. Add the baby marrows and mushrooms stirring occasionally. Add the cooked samp and beans as well as the rest of the ingredients. Spoon into the halved peppers, decorate with parsley and serve with lamb chops. Voila!