Umngqusho

Umngqusho: A traditional favourite. Image: Unsplash.

Umngqusho – Traditional South African samp and beans

Indulge in our own South African tradition by preparing a pot of Umngqusho steaming with flavour.

Umngqusho

Umngqusho: A traditional favourite. Image: Unsplash.

Indulge in South African tradition with this Umngqusho recipe. Also known as “samp and beans,” this South African favourite is packed with flavour and sure to satisfy.

I used to prepare Umngqusho on a regular basis for Nelson Mandela. He loved traditional dishes. He even enjoyed this dish when it was served without meat as he believed it was a complete, tasty meal on its own.

When preparing Umngqusho, you cannot be in a hurry as you need the samp and beans to simmer slowly to ensure a soft, creamy result. Also, no matter how tempting, avoid stirring otherwise you end up with an excessively starchy dish that is not appetising at all!

Just make sure to check your pot of Umngqusho from time to time to ensure that the food does not stick to the bottom of the pot. If the samp and beans mixture looks dry, add some water.

Serve Umngqusho with umleqwa or lamb curry for the ultimate taste experience. Enjoy this traditional favourite of Nelson Mandela.

Umngqusho recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Xoliswa Ndoyiya Course: MainCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4 – 6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

2

hours 
Total time

2

hours 

15

minutes

Ingredients

  • 500 g samp, well rinsed

  • 800 g dried sugar beans, well rinsed

  • water to cover

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • ½ cup leeks, chopped

  • 2 cubes beef stock

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

  • Place the samp and beans together in a pot with water.
  • Cover and bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat and cook until soft for at least 2 hours. Do not stir or it will become excessively starchy.
  • Keep checking to ensure that the mixture does not stick at the bottom of the pot. Add water if necessary.
  • After about an hour, add the onion, leek and stock. Allow simmering until it is soft.
  • Add the butter and seasoning and stir with a wooden spoon. It must not be dry.
  • Serve with umleqwa or lamb curry.

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