Many people in South Africa can only afford to eat samp and beans, both of which grow locally. This is boiled together into a stew called umngqusho. It's said that a good friend of Mr. Nelson Mandela changed the original dish by adding onions, garlic, chillies and tomato and that this became a favourite in Mandela's home.
1 kg samp
250 g butter beans
30 ml butter
30 ml sunflower oil
2 onions, sliced
6 garlic cloves, crushed
4 small red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
600g tomatoes, peeled and chopped
15 ml salt
white pepper to taste
Soak the samp and beans in plenty of cold water overnight
Drain the soaking water and cover the samp and beans with fresh water
Add the salt, then bring to the boil and simmer for about 4 hours or until the samp and beans are tender
Brown the onions in the butter and oil
Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry for 2 minutes
Add the tomatoes and simmer for 3 minutes.
Add the tomato mixture to the samp and beans and stir to mix
Add a bit more water if it is to dry and simmer for 30 minutes
Season to taste with salt and black pepper
Garnish with dhania and serve.
Cuisine: South African