Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
I love this dish! My late husband was from Cameroon (fr.West Africa) He taught me to cook their dishes. When I prepare these recipes, I am thankful for having the opportunity for such a wonderful cultural experience. The more you make this dish, the better you get at it. Actually, the beans are a healthy food and very filling. You can add Meat and make this a one-dish meal. A loaf of french bread is great with it. *062910-thank you toubabou-ke member_id=1342512 for pointing out the palm oil. I do use palm oil but for confusion sake I didn't post it. Just kept it simple for other chefs:P* I have also used coconut oil.
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup olive oil (palm oil 2-3T)
- 2 cans white beans, 8oz (navy, great northern, black eye peas)
- 2 cups water
- 1 pinch salt
- cayenne pepper (to YOUR taste! The West African brand is very hot and needs less. The Spanish Cayenne is milder in t)
- 2 -3 cups white rice, cooked
- In skillet, add Oil, Onion, Garlic.
- Cook on med heat, stirring often.
- When onion is lightly browned, add Tomato Paste.
- Stirring constantly until the Paste has'separated' and is a deep burgundy/brown color.
- Be careful not to let burn!
- Takes about 10-15 minutes.
- Stir in Bean'juice'.
- Then, add the beans, salt and 1cup of the water.
- Let simmer about 10min.
- Stir occasionally.
- When mixture begins to thicken, stir in Cayenne Pepper, to taste and continue to simmer til you have a thick, velvety'sauce'.
- Use remaining water to adjust consistency to your liking.
- Serve over White Rice.
We have an exchange student from Central West Africa. I really wanted to give him a taste of home and knew he liked beans and rice but knew there had to be some special way to prepare them. I made this recipe exactly as directed with touch of onion salt and red pepper for a bit more flavor. I served it with roast chicken (his favorite). His smile was the reward. He stated that this dish was served often with the other ingredients that I saw on other reviews...the squash etc. Thank you for blessing a young man far from home with this recipe posting.
thank you, thank you! i am a returned peace corps volunteer from guinea (and senegal), west africa. while i took the time to learn some of the more "prominent" dishes (yassa poulet, attieke avec poisson frite, etc...), i failed to take into account the daily pleasures of the village fare. i've been missing these and am SO excited to have found them here! ***for added authenticity, try palm oil and a couple pierced "piments" (habaneros), if you're into that sort of thing. again...thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! FIVE STARS!!!
This is some good stuff!! And it was very forgiving. I didn't have paste so I made up with extra sauce and only had black eyed peas on had. Also used onion and garlic powder. And it still turned out fantastic.I even got a little heavy handed with the cayenne. But the kids didn't care, they just sweat it out bowl after bowl! I can't wait to make it again and use the suggested ingredients and I'm sure it will be even better!