White samp, also known as hominy, is a delicious and versatile South African staple made from dried maize kernels. It can be cooked on its own as a side dish or used as an ingredient in various recipes. Here’s a simple method to cook white samp to perfection
Cooking White Samp
- large bowl
- large pot
- Wooden spoon
- white samp
- Rinse the white samp under cold water to remove any debris or impurities.Place the white samp in a large bowl and cover it with water. Allow it to soak overnight or for at least 6-8 hours. This helps soften the kernels and reduce cooking time.
- Drain the soaked samp and rinse it again.In a large pot, add the soaked samp and cover it with fresh water. The water level should be about 2-3 inches above the samp.
- Place the pot over medium heat and bring the water to a boil.Reduce the heat to low and simmer the samp, partially covered, for about 2-3 hours or until the kernels are tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and add more water if needed.
- Test the doneness of the samp by tasting a few kernels. They should be soft and fully cooked.Once the samp is cooked, drain any excess water.
- Season the cooked samp with salt to taste. You can also add a pat of butter or a drizzle of cooking oil for added flavor and richness. Stir well to distribute the seasoning.
- Remove the cooked samp from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
- Serve the white samp as a side dish alongside your favorite main course. It pairs well with stews, curries, or braised meats.