Burundi has two main languages, French and Swahili, and the country has long been the battleground of two tribes, the cattle-herding Tutsi and the farming Hutu. Vegetables are a mainstay of most Hutu families, as in this simple dish.


225 g sweet potato, peeled and diced

225 g carrots, peeled and diced

2 onions, sliced

225 g green cabbage, shredded

300 g brown lentils

225 g green French beans

600 ml vegetable stock

tsp salt and freshly ground black pepper, mixed

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Heat the oil in a pan and then add onions and lentils. Make sure they are well coated in the oil and add stock. Simmer for 20 minutes until lentil are very soft. Add the rest of the vegetables and seasoning. Simmer for a further 15 minutes until lentils are pureed. Serve with crusty bread slices.


Serves 4.


country : Burundi

course : vegetable dish


source : Laos to Liberia : Nutritious Foods from 200 Lands / Debbie Cook & Andy Gravette