White Bean Stew from the Balkan

by Milena

Ingredients you need

  • 2 cup dried white beans
  • 1 onion голяма
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes or ripe fresh tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbs oil olive oil, sunflower seed oil or any other
  • 1 tbs savory
  • 1 tbs sweet paprika powder
  • 1 tbs dried vegetables
  • Salt by taste
  • pinch of chilli flakes or cayenne pepper

Where I originally come from the white bean is a classic ingredient. In the Bulgarian Cuisine there are few meals containing white beans and the bean soup is one of the most famous dishes. I have to say that similar to any other traditional meals all over the world that in Bulgaria too every housewife has her very own recipe. Bean stew is probably a strange name for some of you. Let’s say this way to cook white beans is very popular in the Balkan region. Every country has it’s traditional dish – like baked white beans (my favourite in Serbia) or the white bean soup from my home country Bulgaria. I called this dish a stew – it’s not the baked version, but it’s not a soup either because is a lot ticker… At my house this dish was prepared as a mix of the both, but I still prefer to call it a stew.

I love this dish so much but it took quite some time to find the perfect recipe… I had to experiment a lot to find just the right ingredients. But here it is! There’s probably no other recipe on the web that’s so simple and lazy to prepare…

As I mentioned every Bulgarian housewife has her own recipe for bean stew – that’s why I make no claim to win a lot of hearts with my version, but I believe it would be useful for those of you who are looking for something unpretentious and easy to make. Now that it’s translated, I believe it would become quite popular ?.

How to cook this delicious White Bean Stew

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White Bean Stew from the Balkan
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 120 minutes
Passive Time 1 night
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 120 minutes
Passive Time 1 night
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Ingredients
Votes: 2
Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Soak the beans in cold water overnight for at least 8 hours.
  2. Change the water and bring to a boil. After you bring to a boil, throw out the first water.
  3. Pour in cold water to cover the beans and at least 2 centimeters above their level. Bring to a boil again and reduce the heat. The cooking time depends on the type and quality of the beans you’re using. Periodically check if the beans are softened. It usually takes about an hour or a little longer until well cooked.
  4. As the beans simmer, remove the foam that appears on the top. When the beans soften, add the peeled and finely chopped onions and carrots, oil, tomatoes and spices.
  5. Leave to simmer for another 30 minutes. Add a whole dried chilli pepper and remove later or just add a little powdered chilli pepper.
Recipe Notes

* If the bean stew is too thin for your taste, you can thicken it with 1-2 tablespoons of wheat or corn flour.

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