East African style “Maharagwe”

This is  my take on Maharagwe ya nazi, a popular East African dish. I have made my version slightly creamier as I love the gravy and added pinto beans and haricot beans. You can skip the addition of these beans if you just want the classic version.

This recipe requires pre-soaking the beans.


  • 1 cup dried red kidney beans (soak them for 4 hours or overnight)
  • 1/2 cup pinto and haricot beans if you decide to include them.
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • handful chopped coriander
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  1. In a small saucepan filled with water, add the beans and boil them on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate pan, heat the oil on medium heat.
  3. Add the onions and cook till soft, approximately 6 minutes, and then add the garlic,ginger and tomatoes.
  4. Cook for 4 minutes, add the beans, spices and coconut milk and mix well.
  5. Cover the pan and lower the heat and let this cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Garnish with coriander, taste and add salt if necessary.
  7. Enjoy hot.


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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