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Maharage ya nazi/ kidney beans in coconut milk is a popular Swahili dish which is made from kidney beans, very simple spices, tomatoes and coconut milk. In the Kiswahili language maharage is red kidney beans and nazi is coconut. 
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Soaking Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 25 mins
Course Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine Kenyan
Servings 4


  • 1 cup dried kidney beans maharage
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ cup fresh tomato puree
  • 1-1¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1-2 cups water
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder haldi
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh coriander chopped


  • Soak the dried beans in warm water overnight or for 6-8 hours.
  • Drain out the water, wash the beans and put them in a pressure cooker with about 2-3 cups of water. Let the beans cook for 3-4 whistles or till soft.
  • If you want to boil them in a pan, add enough water and let the beans simmer till done.
  • Drain out excess water from the cooked beans and leave it on the side.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
  • Add chopped onion and stir fry till it becomes soft and translucent.
  • Add ginger and garlic paste and stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the powder spices and the tomato puree.
  • Cook till the tomato puree is thick and not watery.
  • Add salt and the beans. Mix well.
  • Add 1 cup water (the saved one) and let the beans simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk and let the maharage simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  • Add chopped coriander, mix well and serve hot maharage ya nazi with rice, ugali or chapati.


  • If you get fresh red kidney beans then cook them first in water till soft and done.
  • You can use canned kidney beans.
  • Some Swahili families do love hot chili food, so you can add green chilis or red chili powder.
  • The other way to enjoy maharage is to cook it without coconut milk. Replace the coconut milk with water.
  • You can add more coconut milk if you wish instead of the 1 cup of water. 
  • To make maharage ya nazi more wholesome, sometimes ingredients like potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava, plantains, chopped leafy greens like spinach, amaranth, collard greens, kale are added.
Keyword kidney beans in coconut milk, Kenyan style, maharage ya nazi recipe, maharagwe ya nazi