Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: South African
Serves: 6
Samp and Beans are made from crushed dry maize/corn kernels (a.k.a. samp) and slowly cooked sugar beans. The aroma that fills a kitchen as it’s cooking brings home cherished childhood memories for many South Africans.
  • 4 cups cooked samp and bean mix
  • 15ml sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 3 fat garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1 tbles curry powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 410gr can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cups finely chopped spinach
  • ½ cup water
  • Fresh coriander chopped
  1. Soak the samp and beans overnight in lots of water.
  2. Drain the samp and bean mix after soaking overnight and place in a large pot covered with clean water and simmer slowly until nearly soft. tender and all the water has been absorbed.
  3. Lightly fry the onion until soft and translucent.
  4. Add the garlic, rainbow peppers, curry powder and chilli flakes together in a little oil.
  5. Add the tomato and simmer on medium heat for approx 20 mins.
  6. Add the water and let it simmer again till thick and saucy.
  7. Stir the samp and bean mix and the spinach through the tomato mixture and heat through for approx 5 - 10 mins.
  8. Garnish with the chopped coriander.
Serve hot with a main course of your choice.
Tip: To save time cook a 500gr pkt of samp and bean mix, which makes 8 cups when cooked and freeze the rest for another time.
Recipe by SAPeople Tasty Recipes at