KENYAN CURRIED BEAN STEW

¾ pound dried red kidney beans
2 cups coconut milk
1 medium red onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 small dried red chili peppers
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 ½ teaspoons yellow curry powder
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Cilantro or parsley and chopped tomato, for garnish (optional)


Soak the beans overnight.

Drain the beans and place them in a medium pot with 3 ½ cups water. Cover with a lid and cook the beans over medium heat for 40 minutes. Mix in the coconut milk, minced onion, minced garlic, chili peppers, cumin, curry, salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary. serve warm or cold, garnished with cilantro and chopped tomatoes.

Serves 4

Adapted from Saveur magazine.