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This Gambian recipe for Banana and Coconut Beef stew is a delicious example of the over 260 recipes contained in the African Recipes Cookbook

You will find this recipe not very appealing to the eye and therefore feel reluctant to try it.

I can assure you it's a very worthwhile if you're intent on exploring African cuisine


900g (2 lb) lean beef
5 firm, green bananas (ensure that they are not ripe)
2 large onions
1 large tomato
500ml (2 cups) coconut milk
250ml (1 cup) water
30ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil
225g (½ lb) peas

170g (6 oz) snow peas
[mange tout, washed]

salt and pepper (to taste)

Making the Banana and Beef Stew

Peel and dice the onions finely
Dice the tomato into coarse pieces
Peel the bananas and cut into 1 to 1½ inch [2½ to 4cm] pieces
Dice the beef into approximately ½ inch [1½cm] pieces

Banana and Coconut Beef Stew. A really delicious recipe from Gambia
Banana and Coconut Beef Stew from Gambia
Although not too appetising to look at the stew
is surprisingly tasty and very nutritious

Place the meat in a saucepan, cover with water, add salt, bring to the boil and then simmer until tender.
Heat the oil in a saucepan and sautée the onions without browning.

Add the tomato as well as the meat mixture.

Adjust the seasoning to taste.

Continue cooking until the tomatoes soften.

Add the coconut milk, stirring continuously, and bring the mixture to the boil.

Add the banana pieces and the peas to the stew.

Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until the bananas are cooked, soft but not mushy.

The Banana and Coconut Beef Stew should be served hot, over rice or accompanied by one of the stiff maize porridges (Ugali,)

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