As children we really looked forward to dinner whenever my mother cooked sugar beans. It was delicious: soft beans, with a thick spicy gravy & potatoes that would melt to the touch. We often ate it with white bread that just soaked up the gravy.
On this Mothers Day, we share her cooking expertise by publishing the first of many of her recipes. Here is the recipe for Sugar Beans Curry
Delicious Sugar/Pinto Beans
Beans with a Potato Cooking in Pot
Beans Boiled & Ready to be cooked
Sugar Beans is a popular dish in South Africa. It is often served at pre-wedding functions and most family gatherings. It is also popular in
Bunny Chows, a sort of street food. A loaf of bread may be divided into halves or quarters, the soft centers of the bread are removed & replaced with curries, including sugar beans. A bit of carrot salad is also added. It is then closed with some of the bread that was removed. This is wrapped served as a take away or eaten in a restaurant.
My mother cooked a variety of delicious meals, including desserts, & Indian breads like roti and puri. She started cooking at a very early age as she was the eldest child and helped her parents take care of her siblings. She was also an excellent entrepreneur, working hard, to earn her own income. Despite many setbacks in her life, she was strong, with a will to succeed.
She was a caring person and often helped in the education of others who were struggling to pay fees. She was generous to her children as well. Although my mother passed away more than 10 years ago, her memory is still alive in all of us. Publishing her recipes is one way of ensuring that her cooking expertise is recognized and available for all to enjoy.
If you have any questions, comments, or would like to celebrate your mother as well, submit a recipe of your own via email to me, Nirmala, at:
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