The South African samp is a meal made of pounded dry corn kernels. The Xhosa eat it with beans while other people prefer eating it with meat, gravy, poultry, or lamb. Samp is a very popular dish in South Africa whose origin goes back to Native America. Samp recipe is highly rich in fiber and starch. Fiber aids food digestion while starch is a good source of carbohydrates.
Samp has become a staple in South Africa. Some families eat it over three times a week. Perhaps, the reason why the samp recipe is popular is that it requires just a handful of ingredients. Samp recipe is an important part of occasions such as marriages and funerals. Norma Young tells Aljazeera just how much the community and her family loves the dish.
Can you cook Samp Without Soaking?
One way to make corn and beans cook faster is to soak them for 8 to 12 hours. However, it is still possible to cook samp without soaking. If you don’t want to soak your corn and beans, another alternative would be to put them in a pot and cover them with hot water. Use the ratio of two cups of water for every cup of beans. Cover the pot and let them soak for an hour. It is important to mention that the time it will take to cook will still be significantly higher compared to when you soak them
Can a Diabetic Eat Samp?
Diabetics need to eat food rich in fiber to ease their digestion process. So it’s a good thing that corn has very high levels of fiber. Samp doesn’t have processed ingredients that could trigger a sugar imbalance. According to studies, soaking beans for 8 to 12 hours before cooking will lower their raffinose sugar content. Therefore, depending on the processing technique, a diabetic can safely eat Samp. However, you need to accompany it with other healthy recipes like African salad.
What is the Origin of Samp Recipe?
The term samp comes from the Narragansett word nasaump but the New Englanders call any form of cereal mash samp. The Native Americans invented the recipe and it evolved as it traveled across Southern Africa. Today, the dish is a staple among the Lozi and Tonga people of Zambia.
Is Hominy Same as Samp?
Hominy is whole corn kernels that are dried and the hulls have removed. Although samp is made out of the same thing, the difference is that the kernels in samp are broken down and pounded into smaller pieces.
What can I serve with Creamy Samp Recipe?
You can serve samp with a variety of cuisines. The people of Zambia serve it with sour milk and sugar and the Zulu have it with beans but you can also serve it with beef, chicken, lamb, or vegetable stew. There are no limits when it comes to what to serve with samp, feel free to experiment with different side dishes until you get your perfect match.
6 Variations of The Delicious South African Samp Recipe
1. Samp and Beans by The South African Cook Book
Samp and Beans is a traditional dish of the Nguni people of South Africa. Referred to as isistambu by the Zulu people and umngqusho by the Xhosa people – the biggest Nguni groups – the dish is made from slowly cooked sugar beans and samp (crushed corn kernels).
Normally served as a side dish to the main course, there are several ways to prepare and serve Samp and Beans. It can be made with chilies or curry, for those who prefer a hot kick. Or, it can be kept simple and be prepared with no spice at all. Some serve Samp and Beans with meat and gravy, or if flavourful enough, it can be enjoyed on its own. Here is a basic recipe.
2. Curried Samp and Beans by Tasty Recipes Sapeople
Samp and Beans are made from crushed dry maize/ corn kernels(a.k.a samp) ans slowly cooked sugar beans. The aroma that fills the kitchen as it's cooking brings home cherished childhood memories for many South Africans. And this was one of former President Nelson Mandela's Favorite meals.
Today it now becomes so popular and really makes a great comfort food. That is now pre-packed and mixed for easier preparation. It can serve as a starter, side dish or main meal. Some keep it simple and others love to mix it with chilies or curry.
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3. Curried Samp and Beans with Lamb by Tamarind n Thyme
I remember my mum cooked this Curried Samp and Beans with Lamb, often, when I was still a young lady, living at home. As with everything else my mum cooked I gave her a hard time with this dish too, me and my picky eating. As the years went by I discovered just how delicious this Curried Samp and Beans with Lamb really was. Only now I don’t eat lamb but I still cook it for my kids.
For those that don’t know what samp is, it is dried corn kernels. It’s stamped and chopped until it’s broken. It is South African food and not as fine as mealie-meal or mealie-rice.
Although I have used a few pieces of lamb for this dish, you can use other meat if you wish. You can keep it vegetarian too if you wish.
4. Chakalaka Samp Beans by Instant Pot
Umgqusho (or Samp & Beans) is a traditional South African favorite that's packed with flavor. It is also a healthy side dish providing a good dose of whole-grain fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Serve on its own or with the tasty, colorful chakalaka!
While samp & beans are normally soaked overnight, Instant Pot speeds up this process making a perfectly cooked dish in an hour.
5. Hearty Curried Samp and Beans by All 4 Women
Yummy Samp and Lamb Recipe is perfect for cold weather. A traditional African dish that calls for little effort but lots of time.
6. Creamy Samp by Mzansi Recipes
Samp with a twist! If you love your creamy samp you definitely are gonna enjoy this recipe.
If you’d love some South African delights or you are an experimental eater or just looking to try something new, or you even feel something is lacking then the delicacy you are looking for is Samp. Try it today and you will not stop anytime soon. Its ingredients are easy to find and, with the right skills, it’s easy to cook. It has many variations which can help you to keep your dinner table fresh for your family. Enjoy trying out the above recipes and tell us which one is your favorite. We would love to hear from you.