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”.
- 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
- 10 min
- 1 h
- 1 h 10 min
- 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.