How To Cook Samp With Potatoes

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How To Cook Samp With Potatoes



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The most interesting part of cooking samp is exploring different cooking methods. You enjoy new flavors and textures each time you cook this Southern African dish differently.

Samp is extensively versatile and can be cooked in various ways. This versatility extends to certain recipes. For instance, there are many delicious recipes if you have to cook samp with potatoes. And they do not all taste the same nor have the same ingredients.

If you have doubts about this, keep reading to find many ways to cook samp with potatoes.

How to Cook Samp with Potatoes

The most generic way to cook samp with potatoes is to cook creamy samp with potatoes. We’ll get to this later on.

In the meantime, here are five other ways to cook samp with potatoes.

Samp with Potatoes, Veggies, Beef, and Beans

Serving Size: 8
Cook time
  • Prep: 7-12 hours
  • Actual cook time: 1:15mins.
  • 1 cup of samp,
  • ¼ cup of olive oil,
  • 1 cup of beans,
  • 2 teaspoons of salt,
  • 2kg of beef,
  • a medium green pepper (diced),
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon,
  • 2 medium-sized onions (diced),
  • 1 large potato,
  • 2 tablespoons of coriander powder,
  • 4 beef stock cubes,
  • 1 cup of mixed veggies,
  • 1 squash (chopped).
  1. Boil the beans and the samp separately for five hours (add half a teaspoon of salt to each). Soak the beans and samp in separate bowls overnight.
  2. Cut the beef into bite-sized pieces. Add a teaspoon of salt and boil it for about 45 minutes.
  3. Pour the olive oil into a pot and allow it to heat. Then, add the onions, pepper, and squash. Sauté until golden brown, add the beef (do not include the beef stock).
  4. Add the coriander powder, two beef stock cubes, and cinnamon. Allow the mix to simmer on medium heat while stirring occasionally. Add the veggies when the beef is tender and let them simmer till they cook.
  5. Mix the samp with the beans, add the remaining two stock cubes, and boil for twenty minutes. (Ensure the water level is just below the samp/beans level.
  6. When the samp and beans are cooked, add the beef mix to the samp and beans, and stir to combine.

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Yellow Samp (recipe 1)

Serving Size: 8
Cook time: 1:30mins.
  • 1kg of white samp,
  • 1 tablespoon of salt,
  • 1 tablespoon of food coloring,
  • 1 packet of creamy mushroom soup,
  • 2 large potatoes,
  • 2 liters of water.
  1. Wash the samp well and boil it with water over low heat. As the water in the samp dries up, add the potatoes and food coloring.
  2. Add the creamy mushroom soup and the salt. Mash and combine. Serve with any meat of your choice.

Yellow Samp (recipe 2)

Serving Size: 8
Cook time: 3 hours
  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder,
  • 1 kg of samp,
  • 1 large onion (diced),
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil,
  • 2 potatoes (peeled and chopped),
  • 1 large carrot (peeled and diced),
  • water,
  • 1 sachet of Benny chicken stock powder.
  1. Rinse the samp thoroughly, boil it under medium heat till it is well-cooked, then add the Benny spice.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan, and add the onions and curry powder. Sauté till it begins to caramelize. Afterward, add the carrots and sauté for five minutes. (Do this step under low heat).
  3. Pour the onions and carrots sauce into the samp. Then, mash and stir the mix.

Samp with Potatoes and Beans

Serving Size: 7
Cook time: 1:30mins.
  • 2 large potatoes,
  • 2 medium tomatoes (chopped),
  • salt,
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil,
  • 1 vegetable stock cube,
  • 3 teaspoons of curry powder,
  • 500 g of sugar beans (rinsed and soaked overnight),
  • 500 g of samp (rinsed and soaked overnight).
  1. Drain the water from the samp and beans and mix them both. Then add seven cups of water, and simmer under medium heat till they become soft. Add a pinch of salt, and keep adding pinches till you get the desired flavor.
  2. In a pan, sauté the onions in olive oil until they become semi-transparent.
  3. Then add the curry powder, tomatoes, vegetable stock cubes, half a cup of water, and potatoes to the sautéed onions. Cook until the potatoes are fluffy.
  4. Drain the samp and beans. Then, add the mixture. Simmer under low heat while you stir. Serve when you are done combining.

How to cook Creamy Samp with Potatoes

Here’s a traditional South African creamy samp with potatoes recipe we recommend:

Cook time: 3½
  • 4 medium-sized potatoes (chopped),
  • 1 kg of samp,
  • 1 medium onion (chopped),
  • 50 g of mushroom soup,
  • 250 ml of fresh cream,
  • 250 g of aromat,
  • ½ cup of cremora.
  1. Rinse the samp, put them in a pot with water, and boil for two hours under medium heat. Add the onions and potatoes and cook until soft.
  2. Next, add the aromat and cremora and stir. Finally, mix the cream of mushroom soup with the fresh cream and add it to the mixture. Stir and serve.

How to cook Samp and Beans with Potatoes

Also known as Umngqusho, samp with beans and potatoes is a delicious and filling South African staple dish.

Indulge in this South African delicacy with this easy Umngqusho recipe:

Serving Size: 4-6
Cook time
  • Prep time: 15mins.
  • Actual cook time: 2 hours
  • 800 g of dried sugar beans (well-rinsed),
  • 500 g of samp (well-rinsed),
  • 3 tablespoons of butter,
  • ½ cup of leeks (chopped),
  • 2 beef stock cubes,
  • salt and pepper,
  • 1 small onion (diced),
  • water.
  1. Add the samp and beans to a pot and add water. Cover and bring them to a boil at high heat. Reduce the heat to cook until they are tender. Do not stir yet. Check the samp and beans to ensure they don’t burn and add water when needed.
  2. Add the chopped onion, leek, and stock cubes after an hour and cook until soft. Follow up with butter, salt, and pepper. Stir the mix with a wooden spoon.

Can I put Potatoes in Samp?

Yes, you can put potatoes in samp. As demonstrated above, many recipes can help cook samp with potatoes.

The potatoes usually give the dish a needed fluffy texture.

If you haven’t tried samp with potatoes, you should.

What is samp made of?

Samp is a Southern African food made from pounded or chopped corn kernels. During this process, the kernel coating weakens and is easily peeled off. 

Is samp healthy to eat?

Samp is not only flavorful but has health benefits. Let’s explore why this dish is good for your health.

Reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Samp and beans are low on the glycemic index. This means that they help your body maintain a stable glucose level, decreasing your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Can help with weight loss

Samp and beans make you feel full, reducing cravings and helping you watch your weight.

Additionally, samp (made from corn) is high in fiber. This means for your health; low risk of developing gastrointestinal cancers,  aids weight loss, eases constipated digestive tracts, lowers calories, and reduces cholesterol.

Samp and beans are an excellent way to stack up on needed proteins

The traditional samp and beans is probably the most nutrient-filled way to enjoy samp because beans is highly beneficial to your health.

Does samp have nutritional value?

Samp has nutritional value that differs depending on the brand and what it is served with.

If you have dietary concerns, you must check the nutritional value section of any samp you want to buy. After all, prevention is better than cure.


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