Change up your regular soup with this nutritious kasi-style creation. Prepared with Imbo speckled red beans, this vegetarian dish is good for your family, plus it will fit your budget. Perfect for a chilly evening or if you are looking for a tasty alternative to a meatless meal.
Red bean soup and chakalaka style
For 4 people | Preparation: 1 hour | Cooking: 45 min
450g mixed red, green and yellow peppers
30 ml (2T) olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic
2 hot peppers, sliced
2 carrots, grated
1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
400g (2c) cooked Imbo speckled red beans (made with 1c uncooked beans)
100g of tomato puree
pinch of sugar
250 ml (1c) vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
- Roast peppers and tomatoes whole until blackened and blistered. You can also grill the peppers over hot coals. Remove and place in a bowl. Cover the bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.
- When cool, remove and discard the charred seeds, stems and skins and chop the peppers and tomatoes.
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan on the stove (or in a potjie on the coals) and sautÃ© the onions until tender.
- Add the peppers and tomatoes, garlic, chilli, carrots, celery and cooked beans.
- Add the tomato puree, sugar, vegetable broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Season to taste and serve.
TRICK If you’re pressed for time, substitute 1 can (410g) of chakalaka instead of making your own.
It’s easy to cook Imbo speckled red beans!
- Cook a whole bunch of beans at a time.
- Quickly soak the beans instead of soaking them overnight.
- Put the dried beans in a saucepan and add 3c of water for every 1c of beans. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let soak for an hour.
- Drain and rinse the beans, then boil them again in fresh water for 45 to 60 minutes until the beans are tender.
- Cover with water and store in the refrigerator or freezer until use.
Want more? DRUM food ambassador Liziwe Matloha has more recipe ideas and tips for cooking with this profitable and versatile ingredient that she will share on DRUM Live. The event is packed with inspiration and advice on finances, relationships and food for the 21st century woman who does it all!
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