Skopje - Cooking class: "Tavche Gravche", the Macedonian National Dish

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Cooking class: "Tavche Gravche", the Macedonian National Dish

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(22 reviews)
45 mins

About the tour

Over the centuries, living in tyranny in difficult conditions and poverty, Macedonian families were forced to prepare simple meals from what they had, and the beans with high nutrition value were among the things they had in abundance. Simply cooked with spices, it allowed large families to survive. Even today, there is a tradition in Macedonian families that beans should be prepared at least once a week, usually on Fridays. INGREDIENTS: - 300gr white beans - salt - flour - onion - dried vegetable spice INSTRUCTIONS: STEP1: Soak the white beans in water overnight STEP2: Next day, through the water, where the beans were soaking. Put the beans into a saucepan and cover them with new cold water (the water should be 5-6 fingers over the beans). Bring to a boil. STEP3: Once it boils, drain the water from the beans, wash them from the foam that was formed during the cooking, and once again cover the beans with clean cold water. STEP4: Chop the onion and add it into the pot with the beans. STEP5: Bring to the boil, and simmer until the beans get soft. STEP6: Prepare the roux. Add oil (olive or sunflower) into a frying pan, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Once hot, add 1tbsp flour and stir into the oil. Add about 2tbsp powdered paprika and stir. Pour this into the saucepan with water, beans, and onion. Add 1,5tsp dried vegetable spice and simmer for 5 minutes. STEP7: Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beans into a casserole dish, and then cover the beans with some of the spiced water from the saucepan. STEP8: Put the casserole in the oven for around 30min, at 250C. STEP9: Garnish with parsley. STEP10: Serve with bread and fresh salad. BON APPETIT

Meet Zoran


Born in Skopje in the last century, Zoran is a licensed local tour guide and a former high school teacher from Skopje, with years of experience in guiding. Five years ago he founded Free Skopje Walking Tours in order to give the local perspective of the city to its visitors. He loves his hometown with all his heart, which can be seen through the passion with which he guides the tours. Due to his contribution in 2018 and 2019, the Government of the Republic of Macedonia awarded him the award "Best Tourist Guide in Macedonia". His tours are also highly recommended by his guests. Their reviews in a very short period of time made his Free Skopje Walking Tours the best-ranked tour in Skopje on TripAdvisor. Join him to learn more about this hidden gem of Europe in a fun and interesting way.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Skopje with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Skopje. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

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Reviews from travellers

Ann M.

16 May 2021

Zoran accompanied by his wife gave a very interesting cookery demonstration, and it gave a good insight of the region as it was a typical Macedonian meal, excellent!

Rhonda Z.

11 May 2021

No matter what Zoran and Elizabetta cook, it is always entertaining, fun and inspiring to cook it at home. These two really deserve their own cooking segment..WE LOVE ZORBETTA :) (AKA ZORAN + ELIZABETTA) :) 5 stars!

Orysia S.

10 May 2021

Always interesting to see what different cultures enjoy

🇨🇦 🌏 Susan 🌏 🇨🇦 A.

10 May 2021

I have come to love their informal cooking classes. The recipes are simple,easy and very tasty.

Marion P.

10 May 2021

Enjoyed the cooking

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