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GITHERI

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Githeri is a one pot traditional Kikuyu dish that is made from beans and white maize (corn). It is a delicious, easy to prepare, protein rich dish which can be enjoyed on its own or with ugali or chapati.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine Kenyan
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

GITHERI SIMPLE:

  • 1 cup mixture of boiled beans and white maize kernels
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped
  • ¾ -1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp oil

GITHERI WITH OTHER VEGETABLES:

  • 1 cup mixture of boiled beans and white maize kernels
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 4-6 cloves garlic peeled and sliced or minced
  • 1 cup cassava /any starchy vegetable peeled and diced
  • 1 cup spinach finely chopped
  • ½ cup fresh pigeon pea/ peas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 -2½ cups water

Instructions
 

PREPARATION OF GITHERI SIMPLE:

  • Heat oil in pan over medium heat.
  • Add chopped onion and stir fry till it becomes soft.
  • Add chopped tomato and salt.
  • Mix well. Cover the pan and let the tomatoes cook over low heat till they become soft.
  • Mash the tomatoes up a bit with the spoon.
  • Add the beans and maize.
  • Cover the pan and allow the githeri to cook for 5-10 minutes and most of the water has evaporated.
  • Serve with ugali, rice or chapatti.

PREPARATION OF GITHERI WITH OTHER VEGETABLES:

  • Heat oil in pan over medium heat.
  • Add chopped onion and stir fry till it becomes soft.
  • Add garlic and stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add chopped tomato, salt and the spices.
  • Mix well. Cover the pan and let the tomatoes cook over low heat till they become soft.
  • Mash the tomatoes up a bit with the spoon.
  • Add the beans, maize, cassava and pigeon peas.
  • Add water and mix well.
  • Cover the pan and allow the mixture to simmer till all the vegetables are cooked. If required add more water.
  • Cook till most of the water is evaporated.
  • Add chopped spinach and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes and serve hot githeri. Its usually eaten on its own.

Notes

  • To reduce the cooking time, boil the beans and maize beforehand. Can store them in the freezer.
  • As mentioned above you can add your choice of vegetables.
  •  Add meat or fish of your choice.
  • These days its common for busy people to use ready made curry powder. 
  • I've not added any chillis in the dish. However, if you prefer you can add either fresh green chillis or red chilli powder.
  • If you don't find white corn or maize, you can use sweet corn. However, the taste will be a bit different.
  • To save time pressure cook the beans and maize.
  • I sometimes used canned githeri to save time.
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