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Sugar Beans with Potato Stew

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Growing up as in most Indian households, Fridays are fasting days and there will definitely be Sugar Beans with Potato Stew


  • 1 x tin (250g), sugar beans, washed and drained.
  • 60ml x Olive oil.
  • 1 x onion, finely chopped.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 1 x green chili, chopped.
  • 20ml x tomato paste.
  • Few curry leaves, but you can omit them if you can’t get your hands on any.
  • Water.
  • 1 x tbsp. white sugar.
  • 3 x potatoes, peeled and cubed.
  • 1 x tsp ginger and garlic paste.


  1. In a pot, heat the oil, add the onions, and saute until transparent.
  2. After that mix in the chili, curry leaves, ginger, garlic, and salt, stir, and cook for about 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Once done, you can add tomato paste and potatoes, and toss so that the potatoes are nicely coated.
  4. Be sure to add enough water to cover the potatoes, cover the pot with a lid, and allow the potatoes to cook on medium heat until almost done, check every couple of minutes, and add more water to prevent the potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add the sugar beans and a little more water.
  6. Cover and cook until the potatoes are done and the gravy is nice and thick.

In one of my grans Cape Malay cookbooks, I found this Homemade Sugar Beans with Potato Bredie/Stew, although she made it with meat and I have left the meat out to make this a meatless dish. This is so much better and tastier than my normal sugar-bean curry.
This Sugar Beans with Potato Stew recipe serves 4 people.

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