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A french baguette smothed with a spicy bean dish called ndmabe in Senegal

Ndambe (Spicy Bean Sandwich)

Ndambe is a delicious spicy bean sandwich served on the streets of Senegal, you will love it!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Senegalese
Servings 4
Calories 576 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


  • 1 1/4 cups Black-eyed peas
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef cut into bite size chunks
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato paste
  • 2 loaves French Baguette
  • 1 pinch salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste


  1. Prepare black-eyed beans per package directions then cook in boiling water until tender about 1 hour. (Please note: do not put any salt in the water)

  2. Put the cut of pieces of beef into a pot. Add a cup of water. Cook for 10 minutes and then drain the broth and reserve.

  3. Add the oil into the pot with the boiled beef and add in the onions. Brown them stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.

  4. Dilute the tomato paste with 1/4 cup of water. Add into the pot, mix well and cook for 5 more minutes. Stir so it does not stick.

  5. Add 1/2 cup of water, the chopped garlic, vinegar maggi, chili pepper, a pinch of salt and a 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.

  6. Add the beans and broth that has been reserved

  7. Stir well and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes

  8. Smother the Ndambe on two french baguettes and cut each in half on the diagonal.

  9. Serve warm

Nutrition Facts
Ndambe (Spicy Bean Sandwich)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 576 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 186mg8%
Potassium 786mg22%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 444IU9%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.