Bean stew is a traditional Macedonian dish. It's usually prepared on Friday, I don't know why :) Some like it plain, some combine it with sausages, some with dried smoked ribs. I prefer beans plain in combination of fresh salad and some white cheese and olives. I have small earthenware dishes at home and I serve beans in them. Looks lovely right? :)
beans stew

  • 250 g beans
  • 1 tsp red pepper
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 30 ml oil
  • 1 onion
  • dried mint, salt
  1. Pour water in a pot, add beans and let soak overnight. Strain the next day. If you want to prepare beans immediately and your beans didn't overnight, then, pour over beans boiling water, leave about 1 hour and continue preparation as follows. 
  2. Pour 2 liters of water in the pot and bring to boil. Reduce temperature and leave to simmer for around 1 hour. Some beans need more time for preparing and some less, it depends on the beans. Try 1-2 beans to see if it's ready.
  3. In the end, prepare the roux. Finely chop onions and put to fry in oil. When soften, add red pepper and flour, mix well and pour roux in beans. 
  4. Stir well and add dried mint and salt. Leave to cook for 10 more minutes.
  5. That's it!