Beans can be prepared in many different ways. In this recipe, I show how you can make beans in groundnut (peanut) sauce. It is a simple vegetarian recipe and the sauce can go with ugali (posho), rice, matooke, … Peanuts are known across many parts of Africa as “ground nuts”.
For: 6 servings
- 1/2 kg beans (dry Borlotti beans used)
- 1/4 kg savoy cabbage (optional & other vegetables can do)
- 1 onion (large)
- 3 tomatoes (or 450g canned)
- 2 teaspoons curry
- salt (to taste)
- 1 teaspoons garlic powder (or fresh)
- 2 tablespoons oil (or probably a bit more)
- 250 grams peanut butter ((groundnut paste) or simpla finely ground ground nut powder)
- pepper (to taste (optional))
- Maggi (optional)
- If dry beans are used like in this case, soaking them before over night considerably shortens the cooking time. We recommend this & the timing will not include this time.
- Let them then boil on low heat, covered for about 40 minutes.
- In the meantime, chop onions, tomatoes & shred the cabbage.
- Set the beans aside when they are almost cooked, covered or use another pan to sauté the chopped onion in oil for a short while, add the cabbage or sauté them together. Then add tomatoes
- add them to the beans & mix well and probably some water & bring to the boil. No lumps should form.
- Add spices & salt. If the sauce gets too thick, add some water. You might need to keep stirring now & then to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom. A teflon plan is an advantage. Otherwise cover & let it simmer on low heat for about 15 - 20 after adding the groundnut paste.
- Serve with rice, matooke, ugali, potatoes, cassava ...
Feel free to refine the spices to your taste. Although the same same ingredients without the groundnut paste/butter with the right spices form delicious sauce in their own right, the groundnut butter/paste gives it a different taste.