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Coursesamp with sugar beans, butter, onions, potatoes, chili peppers
Place of originSouth Africa

Umngqusho is a South African dish based on samp and sugar beans, usually served with hard body chicken which is called umleqwa in isiXhosa. This dish is a staple meal for most South African families, referred to as isitambu by the Zulu people and umngqusho by the Xhosa people.

How to pronounce umngqusho

Umngqusho is pronounced as “oom-nqoo-shoh”, for this word, you have to press your tongue on the roof of your mouth, just behind your teeth, to get the sound, the ‘q’ does not sound like a ‘k’ as it does in English.[1]


Soak the samp and sugar beans overnight in cold water. Drain and place in a heavy-based saucepan with 1 litre of water. Boil until soft and season with salt and pepper.[2]


Some of South Africa’s chefs usually add onion, garlic and spices to enhance the taste.[3] The Xhosa version, served with butter or fat, was apparently Nelson Mandela's favourite dish.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Noesj/Umqusho". Food24. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Noesj/Umqusho". Food24. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Umngqhosho | The Lazy Makoti". Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 28 April 2013.