Zambian Beans with Tomatoes, Onions and Green Bell Pepper ~ Z for Zambia

>>  Tuesday, September 30, 2014

For the Zambian Meal, along with the Zambian Chapati that I made, I had to pair with a lentil or a dal, as we normally do. The search took me to this recipe of Beans with Tomatoes, Onions and Green Bell Pepper Recipe that is basically of Zambian Origin. It's a classic vegetarian stew and is No oil Dish.

I used Black eyed peas, which is quite common in my house and was happy to use it as the taste is something familiar. However when I read it further I realized there was no oil used. Amma was so surprised when I told her that this dal or stew was made without oil. She said it tasted great and said we could easily include this in our regular meal. Of course the stew was quite bland for our taste buds, however the peri peri took care of it.

Zambian Beans with Tomatoes, Onions and Green Bell Pepper

Ingredients Needed:

Black-eyed peas (but any white beans will do) - 1 cup
Baking soda a pinch (I didn't use)
Onion, chopped - 1 medium
Tomatoes, chopped  - 2 medium
Green bell pepper, diced - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste 

How to make the stew

Wash the beans and soak the beans overnight, in a large bowl with plenty of water covering it. 

When you are ready to cook it, change the water couple of times, place the beans in a pressure cooker with enough water and cook for couple of whistles until soft and nicely cooked.

Once the pressure falls, remove the lid, and simmer for the beans to get well mashed. Add chopped onions, add salt. Bring to boil, then add chopped tomatoes. Continue cooking till the tomatoes blend well.

Add chopped bell pepper, continue cooking till all the ingredients are cooked well, the sauce becomes thick. If you feel it has more water, cook uncovered for the water to evaporate. 

Serve with Chapati, accompanied by hot sauce, Zambian Piri Piri. I strongly recommend it.

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Varadas Kitchen September 30, 2014 at 1:19 AM  

I made this stew too and though bland we kind of liked it.

Usha September 30, 2014 at 2:31 AM  

I can repeat my comment for tomato relish here. That recipe I mentioned there did not have any oil either I was very bland thought I added a chili to it. Even I should have tried it with peri peri. Nice to know the stew tasted food with peri peri though it was bland,

Priya Suresh September 30, 2014 at 12:52 PM  

Excellent nutritious, this stew is fabulous..

Pavani N September 30, 2014 at 11:49 PM  

Such a simple and tasty looking black eyed peas dish. October 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM  

This is nice, no oil is used. I have no pressure cooker, thinking to use the slow cooker to cook long hours till the beans are soft. Probably this is nice to serve with French loaf. :)

The Pumpkin Farm October 4, 2014 at 10:01 PM  

even i made it though i did not post it as i did not have rice or roti to serve along with it...i added chilli and then we loved it, i think we did it similar

Padmajha PJ October 9, 2014 at 3:39 PM  

The dish looks good.If its not spicy, my kids will like it.Will try this for the kids and add heat to it for the others.

Priya Srinivasan November 24, 2014 at 4:36 PM  

I m just going up and down to see why there are no spices included!!! Stew looks hearty, but then little spice won't do any harm!! :)

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