This is a wonderful dish, full of warm, rich flavours and has such an inviting aroma. Team this up with fresh crusty bread and you are definitely onto a winner. My husband has been eating this since he was a small boy and it was one of the first Croatian dishes my mother in-law showed me how to make. It is extremely easy to make and made with very few ingredients.
400 grams of dried borlotti beans1 large onion, chopped250 gram csabai salami, sliced, (or salami of your choice)1 rounded dessert spoon of vegeta3 dessert spoons of oil2 rounded, dessert spoons of plain flour1 clove of garlic, chopped2 teaspoons of paprika*Optional: Smoked meat of your choice (gives a lovely flavour)
Sort through the beans, rinse them and place in a large pot with just enough water to cover them. Bring to boil, drain then fill again with water halfway up the side of pot.Add in the onion, salami, optional smoked meat and vegeta. Bring to boil, reduce heat then simmer for about 2 hours or until beans are tender.Check for seasoning, adding salt if needed.In a small pan place the oil and flour and cook, stirring, over medium heat until flour starts to cook then keep cooking for about 1 minute. Add the garlic and paprika, mix through and stir for about 30 seconds then add to Grah.Cook Grah for another 10 minutes. Serve in bowls with bread.Note: (If Grah is not thick enough, squash some of the beans with the back of a wooden spoon and let cook for another couple of minutes.