Umngqusho (samp and beans cooked with bone marrow)

Umngqusho (samp and beans cooked with bone marrow)

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  • Serves 6 to 8
  • Easy
  • 15 minutes, plus overnight soaking time
  • 2 hours


  • 500 g Dry samp and sugar beans
  • oil, for frying
  • 500 g meat bones (I used lamb)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 t garlic, minced
  • 1 t curry powder
  • ½ t turmeric
  • 1 t BBQ spice
  • 1 tomato, grated
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • a sprig thyme

Cooking Instructions

1. Place the samp and beans in a large pot and cover with cold water. Boil for 1 hour to soften.

2. Heat the oil a separate pot and brown the bones for about 10 minutes. Add the onion, garlic and spices and sauté for a few minutes.

3. Add the cooked samp and beans, tomato, potatoes and stock and simmer for a further hour. Add the bay leaf and thyme 30 minutes into the cooking time.

Cook's note:  Umngqhusho is a much-loved traditional Xhosa dish. Made simply with samp and beans and flavoured with meat/bones/animal stock, it’s a delicious all-in-one meal that is both filling and comforting.

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