Tavče Gravče

Ingredients for 2 servings

  • 250 g fresh white beans
  • 2 1⁄2 onions
  • 1 clove of garlic pressed
  • 1⁄2 tbsp paprika
  • 1⁄2 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • Some salt and pepper


First, the beans are boiled for 5 minutes and then the first water is poured away. Then they are heated in fresh water until it boils.
boils. Then the stove is turned off and the beans are left in the water for half an hour to swell.
Finally, enough water is added, a little salt and pepper is added, and the beans are cooked for for one hour.

For the roux, first cut the onions into fine cubes and add them dice and cook together with the garlic, oil and sugar in a frying pan. in a frying pan.

Then add the flour, mix well and season the roux with paprika. season the roux with paprika.

Finally, place the beans in a baking dish or a large pot (ideally unglazed). (ideally unglazed ceramic) with the roux. pour the roux over them and mix well, add salt if necessary. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees for 40-50 min.

Enjoy your meal!

Story behind the recipe

Tavče Gravče is a Macedonian national dish, but it can be found all over the Balkans, sometimes under a other name. It probably originated in the 15th century. It means “bean pot”, whereas the tava describes a traditional unglazed unglazed ceramic pot.

About Andrea SpiessCH

Community of different 2000m2 initiatives in Switzerland, with three educational sites: “2000m2 Global Plot” in Attiswil, Zollikofen (Bern) and Nuglar. (For further information see Foundation on Future Farming above)
“Beans” will be our annual topic in 2022 with little show gardens, installations and events at the educational sites in order to make visitors aware of the great potential of beans and pulses for a healthy diet and healthy soils.

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