Posho nu shaak 💚

Posho is a swahili word integrated into Kenyan Gujarati  speak due to the generations of gujaratis that have lived in Kenya and cooked with fresh local produce.


I think it is rather nice and unique to have adopted some words as we are very much Kenyan as we are Gujarati.

For those of you wondering what posho is, this is the swahili word for long green beans. These are not Guvar which are cluster beans. 

This is my recipe for this delicious “shaak” which is healthy, quick and easy to make. Shaak is what us gujus call sabzi.


  • 500 grams green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, pureed
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin & coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil


  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  2. Once they sizzle, add the beans and cook for around 3-4 minutes.
  3. Now add the garlic, ginger and tomato  puree and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
  4. Lower the heat slightly. Add the ground spices and salt and let this all cook for 15 minutes. 
  5. Give it a good mix every now and then and once ready eat hot with chapatti and raita on the side.


About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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