Potato Dish from Zaire

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

POSTED FOR ZWT 4. A typical central African dish, simple and nutritious. They would almost always use dried beans and cook them, but obviously it's easier to use canned beans.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 potatoes, very large, peeled (or use more, smaller potatoes)
  • 2 cups spinach, washed, chopped, and pushed firmly into the cups
  • 1 cup oil (this sounds like too much, cut down by all means)
  • 4 garlic cloves (or equal in mashed garlic or dried garlic flakes)
  • 2 cups garbanzo beans
  • 1 red pepper, seeded, diced
  • 1 green pepper, seeded, diced
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (or use 1 tblsp fresh)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil (withstands heat better than fresh)
  • Garnish

  • ground cayenne pepper


  1. Cut potatoes into chunks and boil about 8 minutes in a little water.
  2. Add spinach and cook until potato chunks are tender, then drain well in a sieve or colander.
  3. Heat the oil in a large, deep saucepan until very hot.
  4. Add the potatoes, spinach, beans and remaining ingredients.
  5. Fry until potatoes are creamy and ingredients are cooked through. This will be quite quick in the hot oil. (Decide yourself on the quantity of oil needed).
  6. The recipe says merely to sprinkle with red pepper powder, simmer 3 minutes, and serve!
  7. I'm not sure, but it might need some draining. Follow your chef's instincts. These recipes are never perfect as given!


Most Helpful

Delicious and vegan :) I added salt and pepper, along with some other spices. I only had half of a red pepper, so I will have to try again later when I have all of the ingredients. Doesn't look very appetizing, especially as leftovers, but I promise it tastes MUCH better than it looks.

kbojkovsky September 24, 2016

This was quite yummy on its own, but I ate the leftovers with a little homemade Recipe #174350, which was also nice. I could see how another reviewer ate this for breakfast, since it really is a skillet potato dish. I did pack the spinach in the measuring cup, but would have liked about 3 times the quantity, so it could be more in balance with the amount of the other ingredients. I did not boil it, just added it at the end and let it wilt a little. I used 2 tablespoons of oil, which was more than enough. Delicious, Zurie!

Maito September 17, 2008

I loved this and so did DH & DS. We agree it wasn't a pretty dish, but no one even mentioned that it was meatless, which is rare with my carnivores. I used about 1/4 Cup of oil, subbed pintos for the garbanzos, used one green pepper and one chili for some heat. Made as one of my last recipes for Zingo ZWT4 as a Daffy Daffodil. This is a keeper for my family!

Ma Field July 11, 2008

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