Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sauce Pwa/Bean Puree

Some of my early memories of beans is of my mother feeding bowling of sous pwa (bean puree) to my baby brother. This is one way to eat beans or you can eat it accompanied with rice, alone as a soup garnished with sour cream or even with some bread. Beans are a great source of protein, fiber and iron.


1-2 cups of raw beans (red or black) or
      {For semicookers: 1 can}
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of thyme
1 teaspoon of pepper
10 cups of water
Mesh strainer
1 Bay leaf
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon of Adobe seasoning (optional)

In a saucepan, add beans,4 cups of water, salt and boil until beans are soft and edible. Pour 1 cup of cooked beans into blender and add 1 cup of water. Be sure to add garlic clove and puree for 2 minutes. Place mesh strainer over bowl and strain puree then discard whatever is left in strainer. In a saucepan on medium temperature, pour in puree, 1 1/2 cup of water, oil, remaining beans, add thyme and bay leaf.

Cook on medium temperature for 5 minutes and remove bay leaf. Add Adobe seasoning and cook on medium low temperature for an additional 5 minutes allowing sauce to thicken. Add more water if you want a thinner sauce.



  1. i was told to put a little coconut milk in there. Do some ppl do it that way. And is there a way to not have any whole beans in there?

    1. My mother taught me how to make it with a little coconut milk.

  2. I haven't heard of coconut milk being added to the sous pwa. But you can add the coconut milk to the rice instead.

    To leave the beans whole just reserve a portion of the whole beans prior to blending it. Then add it back in after you've pureed and strained the other half of the beans.

  3. So happy I found your blog, such a life Savior. Sometimes my mom does not translate certain things well!!!

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  5. I love this page! Thank you so much for taking the time out and doing this!! :)

  6. I love this blog,can you please do macaroni au gratin.

  7. Frere Joel agrees the best sauce pois has a little coconut milk added to it!! Sa se la bonne nouvelle

  8. Thank you for sharing... This is great


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