Burundi is a country located in East Africa, and its cuisine is influenced by its neighboring countries and the local Burundian culture. One popular dish from Burundi is called Beans and Plantains. Here’s a recipe for this flavorful and hearty dish:


  • 2 cups of dry red beans
  • 4 ripe plantains
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Water


  1. Rinse the dry beans under running water and remove any impurities or debris.
  2. In a large pot, add the beans and cover them with water. Bring to a boil and let them cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue cooking the beans until they are tender. This can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the type and freshness of the beans. You may need to add more water during the cooking process to keep the beans submerged.
  4. While the beans are cooking, peel the plantains and cut them into thick slices.
  5. In a separate pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic, and sauté until they become soft and translucent.
  6. Add the diced tomatoes, paprika, ground cumin, salt, and pepper to the pan. Stir well and cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes soften and release their juices.
  7. Add the plantain slices to the pan and cook them until they become slightly golden and tender.
  8. Once the beans are cooked, drain any excess water and add them to the pan with the plantains. Stir well to combine all the ingredients and let them cook together for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  9. Adjust the seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. Remove from heat and serve the Beans and Plantains hot as a main dish.

Beans and Plantains is a popular and nutritious dish in Burundi, often enjoyed with a side of cooked greens or served with a side of bread or rice.




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