Total Time
1hr 20mins
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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse and drain soaked beans. Place beans in a large cooking pot and add fresh water to cover.
  2. Bring to a fast boil and cook for 10 minutes. Reduce hat and simmer until beans are nearly tender.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients. Cover and cook until all is tender, stirring occasionally.


Most Helpful

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.

BakinBaby June 04, 2011

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.

AcadiaTwo May 11, 2009

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