African recipes
January 13, 2015, 1:36 pm
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Right, today I am posting some recipes from Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Irio (Kenyan maize/corn and bean mash)


  • 1 cup/200g haricot, red kidney or sugar beans, soaked and cooked
  • 3 cups/ 450 g corn kernels, cooked
  • ½ pound/ 225 g potatoes, chopped
  • 21/2 cups/ 590 ml stock
  • 1 pound /450 g pumpkin leaves or spinach, chopped


  1. Boil the potatoes in the stock for 10 minutes or until almost cooked; then add the beans, corn and spinach or pumpkin leaves
  2. Continue to cook together until the potatoes are ready, the beans and corn hot and the spinach is cooked
  3. Drain off most of water into a bowel and keep it. Add a little butter or margarine to the bean and potato mix and mash well. Add some of the cooking water to get the consistency you prefer and serve hot.

Covo: Traditionally cooked greens with tomato (Zimbabwe)


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 bundle Covo (greens, such as kale or cabbage)
  • Tablespoon of peanut butter (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for frying


1. Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onions & garlic for 1 minute
2. Add the greens and season and cook for 1 minute
3. Add tomatoes, then peanut butter if desired and stir.
4. Cover pot, reduce heat and simmer for 3 mins, then serve.