Grah – Balkan Bean Stew

Grah - Balkan Bean Stew - Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian - The Lotus and the Artichoke

When two of my good friends announced they’d be moving to Herceg Novi, Montenegro for several months this year, I was excited for them and thrilled at the opportunity to visit them in a new part of world. After they settled in, started with the language, and began making local friends, I booked my flight to Dubrovnik. I ordered a Serbo-Croatian phrasebook and I started reading about cultural and culinary traditions, politics, and the history of the region. My friends arranged for me to rent a studio apartment in their building, with a balcony overlooking the Bay of Kotor and the Adriatic Sea. For our visit to Dubrovnik, they booked a furnished flat with Rock Palace Apartments, and we got a kitschy and fun Jimi Hendrix themed place for a few days on the hillside overlooking the old city.

My biggest supporter of The Lotus and the Artichoke – Vegan Cookbook Kickstarter project made an amazing contribution which made the entire trip possible! For the reward, I’d signed up to visit a new place and bring back recipes based on the food there, plus lots of photography and artwork. So, along with briefly exploring two new countries with my location independent friends Ryan and Angela (of Jets Like Taxis), I got to sample and learn about traditional Balkan food. This included Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian, and Bosnian culinary customs. I wasn’t surprised to hear that the local food is considerably influenced by neighboring cuisines: Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek, Italian, as well as Central and Eastern European cooking.

Grah - Balkan Bean Stew - Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian - The Lotus and the Artichoke

GrahWeißer Bohneneintopf aus dem Balkan mit Seitan

3 bis 4 Portionen / Dauer 30 Min.

  •  2 EL Margarine oder Öl
  • 2 Knoblauchzehen fein gehackt
  • 1 mittelgroße Zwiebel gehackt
  • 2 TL Paprikapulver gemahlen
  • 1/2 TL schwarzer Pfeffer gemahlen
  • 2 Lorbeerblätter
  • 1 Tasse / 100 g Pilze gehackt
  • 200 g Seitan oder Räuchertofu klein gewürfelt
  • 2 Tassen / 400 g weiße Bohnen (gekocht, abgegossen)
  • 1 Tasse / 240 ml Wasser
  • 1 EL Maisstärke oder Mehl + 1/4 Tasse / 60 ml Wasser
  • 2 EL Hefeflocken oder 1 EL Gemüsebrühenpulver
  • 3/4 TL Salz
  • frische Petersilie gehackt, zum Garnieren
  1. In einem großen Topf Margarine auf mittlerer Flamme erhitzen.
  2. Knoblauch, Zwiebeln, Paprikapulver und Pfeffer hineingeben. Unter Rühren 3-4 Min. anbraten.
  3. Lorbeerblätter, Pilze und Seitan hinzufügen. Verrühren und weitere 2-3 Min. braten.
  4. Bohnen zugeben. Alles gut mischen und 2-3 min. garen.
  5. 1 Tasse Wasser unterrühren. Auf niedriger Flamme unter Rühren 5 Min. köcheln lassen.
  6. Maisstärke und 1/4 Tasse Wasser mit Schneebesen unterrühren.
  7. Hefeflocken und Salz untermischen. Unter gelegentlichem Rühren 5-10 Min. köcheln.
  8. Mit Petersilie und Paprikapulver garnieren. Mit Brot servieren.

Variationen:

Mehr Gemüse: Pilze, klein geschnittene Möhren, rote Paprika und /oder Tomate hinzufügen.

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