The Challenge

Macedonian & Vegan: Тавче гравче (Tavce Gravce)

Nicola from Macedonia dropped me a message last week because he wanted to be the Mazedonian part in this challenge. And I said – YES, that would be awesome!


He even did figure out the dish we should prepare allready. Тавче гравче (Gravche Tavche or Tavce Gravce) – which is not only the most traditional Macedonian food you can find – it also is vegan by itself and it is made with legumes/beans – so it is actually a very healthy dish for vegans and vegetarians.


Nicola told me that it can be pretty hard to stay vegan in Macedonia but as you can see – you even can find traditional vegan dishes there. So give it a try with those Macedonian baked beans.

 Тавче гравче

  • 500 g white beans – soaked over night
  • 2 red or yellow bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 big onion, chopped
  • 1 small dryed pepperoni, chopped
  • fresh mint & parsley, chopped
  • paprika powder
  • salt
  • oil
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Wash the beans and bring them to a boil. Change the water. Bring to a boil again. Add half the onion and the chopped pepperoni. Cook until beans are soft – you need to be patient – that will take a while.


Heat oil in a pan. Add the other half of the chopped onion and the bell peppers. When soft add one tablespoon flour.




Pour the bell pepper/onion-mix into the pot with the beans. Add salt & paprika powder to taste.


Put everything in a pottery saucepan. Add parsley & mint on top. Put the saucepan into the oven for 20 to 25 minutes at 200 degrees.


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