A taste of Macedonia: Vegan recipe of traditional Bean Stew (Tavce Gravce)


Tavče Gravče, also known as bean stew, is a traditional Macedonian dish that has been enjoyed for generations. This vegan version of the dish is made with hearty kidney beans, and a medley of vegetables like onion, garlic, carrots, and potatoes, all simmered in a savory tomato broth and seasoned with a blend of aromatic spices. Whether you're looking for a comforting meal on a cold day or want to experience the rich flavors of Macedonian cuisine, Tavče Gravče is sure to satisfy. This dish is a perfect hearty vegan and gluten-free option, and can be served with a side of rice or a slice of bread for a complete and fulfilling meal.



1 lb dry kidney beans, soaked overnight and drained

1 large onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

2 potatoes, peeled and diced

1 large tomato, diced

2 cups vegetable broth

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley



In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.

Add the onion, garlic, and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes.

Stir in the carrots, potatoes, and tomato and sauté for an additional 5 minutes.

Add the soaked and drained beans, vegetable broth, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin and cayenne pepper, and stir to combine.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the beans and vegetables are tender.

Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

Remove from heat and top with chopped parsley before serving.

Tavče Gravče is a traditional hearty stew, vegan and gluten-free, typically served over rice or with a slice of bread, it's perfect for cold days.

You can use different type of beans or lentils, or add other vegetables like peppers, zucchini and spinach to make it more colorful and nutritious.

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