KIDNEY BEANS COOKED IN COCONUT MILK/MAHARAGWE YA NAZI
SERVINGS: Serves 4-6
Beans in coconut milk is a staple, yet also a delicacy along the East Africa coast.
It is a protein rich meal which is cheap and very versatile as it can be served with rice or a variety of different breads. This is the Kidney beans cooked in coconut milk only. For the tomato version recipe, see Kidney beans with tomato and coconut curry/Rajma curry.
FOR THE THICK COCONUT TOPPING (TUI ZITO)
PREPARATION & COOKING THE BEANS IN COCONUT MILK
In this method, the kidney beans and the thick coconut milk are cooked separately. The kidney beans are boiled separately with the coconut milk then piled on a plate. Then the coconut cream is boiled separately until thick and then both are assembled together on the serving plate/or before serving. This method is usually used by street vendors in Mombasa to entice their customers with the thick taste of coconut cream!
In this method,unlike the above method, the kidney beans and the thick coconut milk are cooked together in the same pot. The kidney beans are boiled with the coconut milk until soft, then the coconut cream is added 8-10 minutes before the end of the cooking time in the same pot and cooked in the same pot.
MORE INFORAMTIONA & TIPS
1) You can replace the fresh coconut milk with coconut milk powder mixed in water. Follow your packet instruction to produce the required amount as stipulated in the recipe.
2) In East Africa, another variation of this dish is the addition of tomatoes to this dish. Although it is given the same name, the addition of tomatoes gives the dish a subtle different taste and appearance.