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Mbaazi (Pigeon Peas)

It's not a Swahili breakfast without Mbaazi & Mandazi. Mbaazi which are also known as Pigeon Peas is a very popular dish in Tanzania, Kenya and especially in Mombasa, when cooked in coconut milk.

This dish is incredibly delicious and once you try it, you get addicted! ;)


  • 1 onion

  • 1 tsp garlic paste

  • 250 g pigeon peas

  • 1/4 tsp curry powder

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

  • salt, pepper

  • 2 cups coconut milk

  • 1 cup coconut cream

  • coconut oil


  1. In a large pot, combine pigeon peas & coconut milk.

  2. Cover & cook on a medium heat until the coconut reduces & the peas became tender.

  3. Heat a few tsp of oil in a skillet. Add the chopped onion, garlic paste, curry powder, turmeric powder, salt & pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes and then add the mixture to the peas. Add the remaining coconut milk & simmer on the lowest heat until the coconut is completely absorbed.

  4. In a separate pot, add 1 cup coconut cream & stir until it starts to boil. Reduce the heat to low & cook until it thickens. Remove from the heat.

  5. Pour the cooked coconut cream on top or serve it separately.

  6. Enjoy with mandazi.

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