Pasulj (from phaseolus;[1] пасуљ), grah (грах) or grav (грав) is a bean stew made of usually white, cranberry or pinto beans, and more rarely kidney beans that is a popular dish in Balkan cuisine. It is normally prepared with meat, particularly smoked meat such as smoked bacon, sausage, and ham hock, and is a typical winter dish.[2] Other commonly used ingredients include carrots and onions. Another version of the dish using baked beans is known as prebranac (пребранац).

Šareni pasulj (pinto beans)
Alternative namesGrah, Grosh (Albanian)
Region or statethe Balkans
Main ingredientsWhite or brown beans; Meat or smoked meat

It is sometimes known in English as Serbian bean soup,[3][4][5] and in German-speaking countries as Serbische Bohnensuppe ("Serbian bean soup").[6] In North Macedonia, a spicy and thicker variant is known as tavče gravče (Тавче гравче; beans on a skillet).

The idiom prosto kao pasulj ("simple as pasulj") equates to English as easy as pie and French simple comme chou.[7]

See also

  • List of bean soups
  • List of legume dishes
  • List of soups
  •  Food portal


  1. Recueil de dialectologie serbe. Vol. 2. Srpska kraljevska akademija. 1911. p. 384.
  2. "Serbian soldierly beans". The Serbian Cookbook. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  3. Ethnologia Balkanica. Vol. 12. Lit Verlag. 2008. p. 31. ISBN 9783643101075.
  4. Peta Lyn Farwagi (August 1978). Full of beans. Harper & Row. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-06-090601-6.
  5. Darwin Porter (September 1986). Frommer's dollarwise guide to Austria & Hungary. Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-671-62057-8.
  6. Der Spiegel. Spiegel-Verlag. 1980. p. 147. Srbski Pasulj‚ serbische Bohnensuppe
  7. Živorad Kovačević (2002). Srpsko-engleski frazeološki rečnik. Filip Višnjić. p. 11. ISBN 9788673633220.

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