Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
The Swahili people have two ways to cook beans: sweet or savory. Skip the optional ingredients to make Sweet Beans, which are eaten at the end of lunch or dinner. For special dinners add all the optional ingredients to make Savory Beans. Savory beans are also eaten with bread for breakfast. From "The Congo Cookbook". Posted for ZWT #4.
- 2 cups dried red kidney beans, soaked in water overnight
- 1 -2 cup coconut milk or 1 -2 cup whole milk
- 2 -4 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom (or a few small pieces of cinnamon)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 onions, chopped (optional)
- 2 tomatoes, chopped (optional)
- 1 sweet pepper, chopped (optional)
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped (optional)
- 1 teaspoon mild curry powder (optional)
- 1 small chili pepper, cleaned and chopped (optional)
- Rinse and drain soaked beans. Place beans in a large cooking pot and add fresh water to cover.
- Bring to a fast boil and cook for 10 minutes. Reduce hat and simmer until beans are nearly tender.
- Add all remaining ingredients. Cover and cook until all is tender, stirring occasionally.
Made with all ingredients and thought it was delish. The spicy peppers and sweetness of the coconut really make this a nice dish. made for ZWT africa, representing the Shady Ladies.
I opted to use the sweet bean recipe with coconut milk and I doubled the recipe, however I wound up adding brown sugar to the beans after tasting it. Next time I may try the savory rendition. Made for Spring 2009 Photo Tag.