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 Macedonian Bean soup recipe (Graff)

Traditional vegetarian dish from Macedonia, but can have meat added.


  • 2 cups white beans, sorted and rinsed three times

  • 4 whole dried [g]chillies, the large Balkan kind

  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tspns red [g]paprika

  • A good sprinkling of dried mint


  • 1.

    After washing the beans; place in a large saucepan on a low heat and cover with water.

  • 2.

    Add de-seeded dried chillies, garlic and bay leaves and simmer for a couple of hours.

  • 3.

    Take out the chillies and gently remove the skin and discard, leaving the soft chilli pulp.

  • 4.

    Brown the finely chopped onion in oil and add the chilli pulp and a ladleful of cooked beans, mashed.

  • 5.

    Fry it up with the red paprika and then return the mixture to the pot and allow to simmer for a further 20 minutes. Close to serving, add the dried mint.


Eat with fresh crusty bread.

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