Sos pwa (bean purée)

54Sos pwa is served almost every day in Haiti. It’s white rice’s best friend.
They just go along so well.
Today I wanted to cook something simple. But I totally forgot that the beans take more than an hour to cook.
So, Save at least an hour for this!


  • 1 cup of beans
  • 2 cups of water (minimum)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 leek
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • parsley, thyme
  • 1/2 a tomato
  • 1/2 tbsp of butter (optional)
  • 2 shallots
  • 1/4 green bell pepper


  1. In a pot , boil the cup of beans in 2 cups of water for about 105 minutes 1h 3/4). YES! They do take that long to cook. Keep a close watch while it’s boiling as you may need to gradually add extra water so the water doesn’t dry up. Check if they’re cooked by crushing one bean. Make sure it’s tender. It might help to just bite into it.
  2. Separate your beans. On one side, leave 3/4 of the beans in a bowl and on the other side, leave 1//4 of the beans in another bowl. Take the 3/4 of the beans and blend into a puree. You may need to add extra water so that this process is easier
  3. Run the puree in a strainer
  4. Cut your onions, tomato, shallots, green bell pepper into dices. Using a pestle and mortar, mash your garlic cloves, green onions, leek, parsley and thyme.
  5. Heat olive oil in a pot. Throw in your 1/4 beans, onions, green bell pepper, tomato, shallots, mashed mixture and your spices (salt, black pepper)
  6. Pour in your puree and stir. Let it cook for about 5 to 15 mns.

Serve with white rice and mixed vegetables.



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