K for Kenya. Just as any African cuisine, this particular stew definitely appeals to the Indian palate. In Kenya, Kitheri is made in almost every home with slight variations. 

It is said that, to get the authentic taste of kitheri, the stew needs to be cooked on low heat. Also the corn used is a different variant of corn native to Kenya.

But this stew was just as popular at home with the ingredients we get locally. This is very filling and can be a meal by itself.  

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Coconut Oil 2 tsp (I used Olive Oil instead)
Onions, chopped 1/2 cup
Garlic, grated 1 tsp
*Red Kidney Beans / Rajma 1/2 cup (or canned kidney beans)
Potatoes, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup
Carrots , peeled and chopped 1 cup
**Red and Green Capsicum, cored and chopped 1/2 cup
Zucchini, chopped 1 cup (I didn't use)
Corn, 1 cup (I used frozen corn)
Tomatoes 2 + Tomato paste 1 tsp
Vegetable Stock 1 cup
Salt as needed
Coriander leaves chopped 2 Tbsp

*I soaked the kidney beans overnight and boiled them to use in this recipe.
** I sneaked in some crushed serrano peppers (green chillies) as well as I felt the stew would be too bland for our taste!


Method Of Preparation -

In a thick bottomed pan (I used a pressure cooker), heat oil and saute the onions and garlic until the onions turn golden brown.

Add in the vegetables, tomato paste, vegetable stock, cooked red kidney beans and salt.

Cover and let it cook for about 30 minutes on a medium flame. I pressure cooked for about 20 minutes (typically 2 whistles) and after I could take the lid off, I let it simmer for another 10 min.

Remove and serve hot. We had the stew as is but according to the recipe source, it is typically served with Roti or Chapati Bread as they call it.

Preparation Time 35 min
Serves 3-4


  1. I made this too and we loved it. Slow cooked stews are so flavorful. Yours turned out perfect

  2. This is a lovely looking Kenyan dish. Wonderfully prepared.

  3. Kurinji Says:
  4. nice dish...

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. This Kenyan curry looks very colourful, i can have happily with some rice.

  7. Suma Gandlur Says:
  8. Healthy and colorful stew.

  9. Wholesome and colorful soup.

  10. That stew looks very colorful and delicious!

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. wow such an comforting and tempting stew :) Love the combination of veggies used with kidney beans :) looks very inviting !!

  13. nice one pot meal kind of dish..looks beautiful

  14. Pavani Says:
  15. Such a colorful and veggie packed stew. Looks yummy!!

  16. Srivalli Says:
  17. That stew looks so filling and hearty!..very nicely done Harini..

  18. Kalyani Says:
  19. perfectly made Harini ! and that stew looks very filling too !

  20. The stew looks terribly inviting..all the ingredients used here are my favorite and another book mark Harini...loved it dear.

  21. these photos came out especially awesome

  22. Archana Says:
  23. Awesome this looks great.I will love it just as it is no chapati bread for me please.

  24. Looks like a filling bowl of stew..

  25. Unknown Says:
  26. Very hearty & comforting dish.

  27. Just now tasted them @ Varada's. Definitely would love them as such, must be very filling!! :)

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