If there's one food item that has been misused in our culture it's the black beans, locally referred to as Njahi. You will never miss it in any Kikuyu event. It's like the trade-mark of our culture and over time, instead of it being a luxury food item, it's now become a food item that people generally steer away from during weddings. Now, Black beans cooked by a Kikuyu (like my mum and grandma) who know how to cook them in the traditional way can make you lick your fingers.
I've always looked at black beans as a luxury food item because the only time I used to enjoy it was when my grandma used to come visiting from upcountry or when we used to go visit her. I always thought it was the technique in which she cooked them or probably the way she used an open fire to cook them. I remember a time when my mum tried making them in the same way my grandma used to make them and it came out ok but not as good as grandmas.
Please note that Black beans and Black-eyed peas are two different things. Black beans are black with a white line but black-eyed peas are smaller, yellowish and have a black eye... literally! Oh, they are also more expensive, I don't know why. I do like buying dried beans because once you boil them and freeze them, you only need to take a small portion at a time for your meals. It does save time.
In today's post, I will be sharing my grandma's recipe that will blow your mind! I've tried to make it several times and I think I've finally found the perfect ration of ingredients. It's also such a simple meal, it takes me 15 minutes from start to finish when I'm using preboiled black beans.
P.S you'll enjoy this if you're a sweet tooth :-) and no, it's not 'mashakura'
Sweet Mashed Black Beans Recipe
Time: 15 Min
Serving: 2 - 3 people
Here's what you need:
Here's how to make them: