Potato Dish from Zaire

Potato Dish from Zaire created by Parsley

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.

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  • 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


  • Cut potatoes into chunks and boil about 8 minutes in a little water.
  • Add spinach and cook until potato chunks are tender, then drain well in a sieve or colander.
  • Heat the oil in a large, deep saucepan until very hot.
  • Add the potatoes, spinach, beans and remaining ingredients.
  • 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).
  • The recipe says merely to sprinkle with red pepper powder, simmer 3 minutes, and serve!
  • I'm not sure, but it might need some draining. Follow your chef's instincts. These recipes are never perfect as given!
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  1. kbojkovsky
    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.
  2. Maito
    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!
  3. Ma Field
    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!
  4. superblondieno2
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  5. superblondieno2
    amazing! i used red skinned potatos with their skins and fresh oregano and lime basil from my garden! i also used nonstick cooking spray instead of the oil which worked great.... i actually ate this for breakfast... made for zwt4

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