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a pot full of kidney beans cooking on the stove

Maharge Ya Nazi (Kidney Beans in Coconut Milk)

Maharge ya nazi in Swahili simply means beans with coconut. It is a lovely dish served over ugali or white rice for a nice balanced meal.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine East African, Swahili, Tanzanian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
soaking time for beans 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 190kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


  • 1 cup Kidney beans, dried
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion, white chopped finely
  • 1 medium tomato chopped finely
  • 1 inch ginger minced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric, ground
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp coriander, ground
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 sprigs cilantro, fresh chopped roughly for garnish


  • Soak the beans in warm water overnight and drain.
  • Wash the beans and put them in a large pot on the stove with enough water to cover. Simmer until tender.
  • Drain water but retain 1 cup and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat
  • Add the onions and cook until translucent
  • Add in the ginger and garlic and stir until fragrant
  • Add in the spices and tomato, stir until fragrant
  • Add in the salt and the beans and mix well.
  • Add in the 1 cup of reserved bean water and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add in the coconut milk, stir well and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with white rice or ugali.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 454mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 4mg