Githeri is a traditional Kenyan dish made from maize and beans. Typically, the maize and beans are boiled together and then later fried to infuse flavor. For this githeri recipe, I infused the orange flavor of coriander into the dish. This highlights and brings out the aroma and enhances the taste.
Originating from Central Kenya, githeri has grown in popularity and is now considered a mainstay meal across the country. Githeri is simple to prepare, affordable and nutritious.
You can fry githeri in a number of ways depending on what you prefer or what ingredients and condiments are available to you. A quick simple fry with onions and tomatoes or a vegetable stir fry, where you can add carrots, potatoes, spinach, cabbage, or any other vegetable of choice. Another variation for meat lovers is where the githeri is cooked with beef or chevon (goat meat).
- ½ kilo beans
- 4 carrots
- ½ kilo maize
- 1 large green bell pepper
- ½ cup fresh dhania
- 1 red onion
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon ginger root
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- salt to taste
Boil the maize and beans until they are ready and set aside. Preferably, use fresh maize and beans. This should take about one hour to one and a half hours. I always use green maize. If you use store bought beans, soak for about 6 hours or overnight before boiling. This helps to reduce the cook time.
In a large sauce pan, sautèe the onions. Wash the coriander and dice the stalks. Go ahead and add the stalks to the onions. Crush the ginger and garlic and fry them together with the onions.
After one minute add the black pepper, coriander and the diced tomatoes. Allow the tomatoes to cook down as you prepare the carrots.
Add the carrots and allow to cook as you prepare the bell pepper. I like my bell pepper slightly crunchy. Now add them to the carrots and stir whilst cooking for about 30 seconds.
Now add the maize and beans and some vegetable stock. You can use a stock cube and some water. Cover the sauce pan and allow to cook for about 10 minutes.
Remember our coriander leaves that we left behind after using the stalks? Now give them a rough chop and add them to the githeri. Leave to simmer for 5 minutes then switch off the stove.
Delicious githeri is now ready to serve. You may accompany it with come green vegetables or avocado.
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