Gītheri is a central Kenyan traditional meal of maize and beans, mixed and boiled together; similar to what is known as ‘succotash’. It can be had plain with some salt, you add some potatoes to make a mash which we call ‘mūkimo, or fry and have other spices and vegetables or even meat added to it, or add some groundnuts, the varieties are endless.
This time round I made mine with fresh green peas, which we call ‘minji’, and had it with some cabbage to make a delicious vegetarian meal.
Let’s get started:-
I cup blanched peas
I cup boiled green maize; you can use sweet corn too.
1 large potato, chopped
1large chopped onion
1 chopped courgette
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 tsp ground turmeric.
1 tsp dhana jeera
1/4 tsp black pepper
coriander leaves for garnish
For the vegetable side dish, our ingredients are:-
The best thing about gītheri is there are no iron clad rules. As always, it is up to you to use what you have and flavour it your way. This makes a perfect meatless Monday or quick midweek meal as it is easy to whip up and one of the easiest way to load up on some veggies.