I was even more surprised during my hunt of recipes that in East Africa and Kenya especially, they very commonly eat chapati (Roti) and rice just like the way we do in India.
M'BAAZI - Dried Beans Nairobi Style (Recipe of Kenya)
Dried Beans - 1/2 cup (washed and soaked for at least 6-8 hours) - I used Black Eyed Beans, but you can practically used any kind of beans for this, small beans are better than big ones like red kidney beans.
Onions - 1/2 cup (chopped finely)
Green Pepper - 1/2 cup (chopped finely)
Coconut Milk - 1/2 cup (I used the can version)
Red Chilli Powder (or Crushed Flakes) - 1/4 tsp (or how muchever you like the heat)
Salt - as per taste
Oil or Butter - 4 tbsp
Tomato Wedges - for garnishing
Parsely sprigs - 1 or 2
- Traditionally, the washed and drained dried beans are cooked on salted boiling water till they are well cooked. Just to save energy and gas, I soaked it overnight and cooked it in salted water in cooker till it is soft (but not mushy).
- Add oil/butter in a pan and add onions and green pepper and fry for 3-4 min (add little salt here enough for onion and peppers, remember that we have already cooked beans in salted water).
- Add the cooked beans and continue to saute until the onions are brown.
- Add red chilli powder and fry for 1 more min.
- Add coconut milk and simmer gently until the coconut milk thickens to medium-sauce consistency.
- Garnish with parsely sprigs and tomato wedges (I ran out of them, so you won't see it in picture).
This dish is usually served cold in lettuce cups. But, feel free to eat it warm with chapati or rice. Let me tell you one more thing, my pictures don't do justice to how delicious the recipe turned out to be. I ate a lot without chapati or anything. I am going to cool it in fridge today and will try it cold way tomorrow morning :)
I have few more recipes that I dished out and I will see if I can make them in time.
I am also sending this to Vegetable Marathon - Beans event hosted by Anita.
Also sending this to MLLA # 22 event hosted by Ruchika.
Till next post, take care. Have a wonderful night.