This very popular dish literally turned out to be someone’s lucky charm a few weeks back. Like it changed a certain man’s life for the better. He’s now known as Githeriman. So I’m hanging onto it because who knows 😂😂😂 Githeri (as we call it in Kenya) is a traditional staple food in most homes. It’s a mixture of boiled maize & beans (works best with fresh maize and any type of beans.) I know for sure, the same is also a dish in other parts of the world; going by diffrent names and obviously prepared a little differently from Kenya’s.
Other than enjoying the dish at home, most of us have actually grown up with it;thanks to the boarding schools we went to. Githeri is common in many public schools and most of us never enjoyed it much. It’s a pretty easy dish to prepare. All you do is set a pot with water on fire, add your maize and beans and let it boil. When the maize and beans are tender and easy to chew then it’s cooked.
You can sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper to taste and eat it as it is. You can also stir fry or stew it with other ingredients. You could add meat (beef), potatoes, carrots, French beans, peas, groundnuts and so many other ingredients; it all depends on how you love it.
For my githeri, I added a little extra something to enhance the flavours and aroma. Once in a while it’s good to try out different ingredients with your Githeri. Spruce it up a little.
You will need :-
3 cups, Pre-cooked maize & beans
1 cup, Chopped french bean
1 cup, chopped carrots
1 cup Coconut milk
1 large red onion, chopped
1 teaspoon Garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon Tumeric
1 teaspoon Curry powder
2 tablespoons vegetable/coconut oil
Coriander for garnish
Salt to taste
Heat the vegetable oil in a cooking on medium high heat.
Add the onions and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add the french beans, carrots and garlic;stir.
Add tumeric, curry powder and a pinch of salt. Stir that up.
Add Coconut milk to the mix and stir. Let it cook for a minute before you Pour the boiled githeri in the coconut milk curry, stir lightly and cover the pot with a lid.
Let it cook for about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve.
You could add some diced avocado to the dish; So delicious!