Traditional South African recipe for Sousbone, or sweet and sour beans in sauce.

1 cup dried sugar beans
1 tablespoon cornflour (to thicken sauce)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
White pepper to taste

How to
Sort through the beans to remove any discoloured or damaged beans and small pebbles.

Rinse the beans and soak overnight in tap water.

Drain the beans and rinse well.

Cover beans with water in a saucepan and simmer slowly until the beans are soft. This will take at least 2 hours, but might take longer. Add more boiling water if necessary to keep the beans moist.

To thicken the sauce, mix a tablespoon flour or cornflour and a little water into a smooth paste, stir into the beans.

Add vinegar, sugar and salt and simmer for another 10 minutes.

It can be served warm, or bottled for future use.

This recipe and photo is from the Rainbow Cooking website, where you will find a collection of mostly South African recipes, both traditional and modern.

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