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Sima with Plantain and Beans Sauce



Welcome to our culinary journey through the diverse and flavorful world of African cuisine!

In this blog, we will delve into the delectable combination of Sima, Plantain, and Beans Sauce.

Sima: also known as Ugali or Fufu, is very popular in many African countries, particularly in East Africa. To prepare Sima, follow these steps:


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups maize flour

  • 3 cups water

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil.

  2. Gradually add the maize flour while stirring continuously to prevent lumps from forming.

  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens.

  4. Once the Sima is thick and smooth, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly before serving.

Plantain: a close relative of bananas, are a beloved ingredient in African cuisine. Rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, plantains offer a nutritious and delicious addition to our meal. Here's how to prepare plantains for this recipe:


Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe plantains

Instructions:

  1. Peel the plantains and cut them into slices.

  2. Bake in the oven without any oil until the turn golden brown.

Beans Sauce: A Protein-Packed Accompaniment Beans are a fantastic source of plant-based protein, making them an essential component of this vegan African meal.


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked beans (black-eyed peas, kidney beans, or any variety of your choice)

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tsp coconut oil

  • Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat.

  2. Add the onions and sauté until translucent.

  3. Stir in the minced garlic and diced red bell pepper, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

  4. Add the diced tomatoes, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

  5. Add the cooked beans to the skillet, stirring well to coat them with the sauce.

  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to further develop.

  7. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.

  8. Serve the beans sauce over the Sima and alongside the plantain slices.

  9. Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley, if desired.

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