Umngqusho (samp and beans)
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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen

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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen


Umngqusho (samp and beans)

Recipe By Mogau Seshoene
Photographs By Craig Fraser


2 cups samp, soaked overnight
2 cups sugar beans, soaked overnight
5 – 6 cups water
1 onion, chopped
2 – 3 tsp curry powder
Oil, for frying
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large tomato, peeled and chopped
1 beef stock cube

Cooking Instructions

  1. Combine soaked samp and beans, rinse thoroughly, then cook in a large pot with 5 – 6 cups water. Check after 30 minutes and add water if necessary.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil and fry the onion in the curry powder until fragrant. Continue to cook the samp for 1 hour or until slightly soft.
  3. If there are more than a few cups of water left in the pot, drain some off and add the rest of the ingredients, including the cooked onion. Cook for another hour or until the beans are very soft.

About the Author

Mogau Seshoene founded The Lazy Makoti in 2014 after leaving the corporate world to focus on her love for food. What began as lessons for a friend, a bride-to-be who was afraid of being labelled “The Lazy Makoti” (the lazy daughter-in-law) because she couldn’t cook, evolved into a business, and inspired its name. Through The Lazy Makoti, Mogau offers a series of cooking classes targeted at young, modern Afropolitans who have a keen interest in learning to navigate the kitchen with ease and flair. In addition to being in demand for her real-live lessons, Mogau has become Instagram-famous, with thousands of foodie followers.

In line with her desire to promote the role of food in maintaining South African culture and heritage, she hosted a season of a TV show entitled Cooks For Life on which she demonstrated easier and healthier ways to prepare African and South African cuisine.

Mogau was on the M&G top 200 Young SA list in 2015, has taken part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, in the US and has made the Forbes Africa 30 under 30s list. She is a Brand SA Play your Part Ambassador, and in May 2018 received a USIBA Creative and Cultural Industries Award. Mogau has a diploma in Culinary Arts from the Chefs Training and Innovation Academy in Centurion and completed the industry training under Chef Werner at The Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg. She is a contributing food editor for the weekly newspaper, Sunday World.

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