Maharagwe ya Nazi – Red Kidney Bean in Coconut Sauce

Maharagwe ya Nazi-Kidney beans on coconut sauce

Once you try this simple, rich and delicious recipe at home, you’ll change your method of cooking kidney beans forever! For this is one of my all-time favourite ways of enjoying them!

They beautifully go well with Chapati, Mahamri, plain white Rise, Ugali/Sima or even simple normal bread.

Enjoy ;-))


1 cup of dry kidney beans, washed and soaked overnight
2 cups of coconut milk
3 big fresh tomatoes, sliced
1 big onion chopped
3 gloves of garlic, minced
2 or more fresh green or red chilies, (Optional)
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder/curry powder
Salt and freshly grounded pepper to taste
Fresh chopped coriander for garnishing


Boil the soaked kidney beans until almost soft and tender, then drain and discard the water
Heat oil in a different pan, saute onions and stir until brown. Stir in garlic then add tomatoes. Lower heat to medium-low, and cover the pot. Simmer until the tomatoes soften.
Add turmeric powder/curry powder and stir for 30 seconds
Now add coconut milk and the kidney beans. Stir well all together and simmer till the beans start splitting
Adjust salt and pepper, chilies and garnish with fresh copped coriander

There you go! Serve hot with Chapati or Rice

Maharagwe ya Nazi-Kidney Beans in Coconut Sauce


Always use dry fresh beans, I wont recommend canned beans for this Recipe!

10 thoughts on “Maharagwe ya Nazi – Red Kidney Bean in Coconut Sauce

  1. What is the estimated time of boiling the soaked beans and is it necessary to boil them using the pressure cooker??? Thanks in advance

    1. admin

      Hello Ahmed,
      When you soak the Beans overnight, then you can boil them for ca. 2 hours and yes you could also use a pressure cooker!
      Best Regards.

  2. In the city where we dont have mbuzi for grating fresh coconut,is the packed grated cocconut in the supermarkets the best option?
    Would love to try this recipe.

    1. admin

      Hello Angeline,
      On this case, I personally try and get the one in cans. The packed grated one does not (in my experience) give thick coconut milk.

  3. Hi
    wud love to make dis Bt unfortunately no coconut milk if am using canned how many tablespoon shud I use tnx

  4. For you city dwellers without a mbuzi, how about get the coconut milk from the coconut using a juicer. Works for me all the time but add a bit of hot water coz of the oil on it

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