Finger Licking Good Food: Kenyan Kunde

It is no secret that some of us love easy affordable meals. Actually, if you’ve been a subscriber for some time now you will know how we feel about Kenyan stew(s). One of the easiest and most affordable meals to make. It is no secret that West African peanut stew recipes like the Liberian-Gambian peanut stew are popular in many Western countries. What they are sleeping on is Kenyan Kunde; a peanut stew recipe that makes cooking with dried beans inviting. With the promise of finger licking good! We will show you the ropes of how to navigate African cuisines based on your taste preference or vegetable tolerance. Let’s get into it.

Kenyan kunde recipe

What is Kenyan Kunde food like?

Kenyan Kunde tastes creamy and has an alluring fragrance. The beans and peanut balance in a way that shows harmony of flavors. Where the peanut flavor does not take-over the beans flavor or smell. Yes, we are talking about easy affordable meals that are not boring nor are they plain. The tomatoes not only add color but bring more juiciness to the dish; it is a must to use tomatoes. Kenyan Kunde is one of those meals you make just to try, and then you fall in love with it immediately. Afterall, who doesn’t love peanut stew recipes? We caution you to cook a sizable portion of this Kenyan stew to avoid getting angry when you eat all of it earlier than you expected! As to cooking with dried beans, which this recipe uses, we do not recommend that you use the typical Kenyan spices in this dish, because the peanut and beans are the main stars of this Kenyan stew. That means, keep your ground coriander or cumin for another dish, not for the Kunde recipe.

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What to eat with the Kunde recipe?

I always try to eat traditional meals as traditional pairings and Kunde food is no exception. Yes, I’m talking about Ugali! Any assumptions about beans and corn being too heavy are false. I have Kenyan recipes to prove that such vegetables are light as a feather, yet albeit filling. This is one of the magical aspects of the plant world I’m experiencing through Kenyan and Congolese foods. Things that are assumed to be ‘heavy’ are falsely so. It is refreshing to learn the truth about how to pair vegetables through traditional recipes. Think about it, ancient elders used to farm sunrise to sunset so they had to be fueled, nourished, and satiated to do farm work. They purposely pair vegetables together that satisfy all things we crave: Deliciousness, simplicity, nutrition and affordability.

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Trust this picky eater who is also strategic with cooking, you want Kenyan food recipes in your household. Especially this peanut stew recipe, Kenyan Kunde. I find that it inspires me to continue cooking with dried beans which are nutritionally packed with vitamins and minerals. As easy affordable meals go, this one also checks all the boxes: Filling in the tummy, light on the waist, delightful smell and taste. From experience, we’ve found Kenyan stews to be healthy in that the ingredients and cooking process seem intentional towards health and balance. Kenyan Kunde has exactly those things you would want.

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Easy Kenyan Kunde Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Creamy, good smells, and very inviting taste. If you've had black-eyed peas and love it, chances are you will love this too! Kunde food is purposely created to be irresistible and you should try it. All around, good vibes and good grub!


  • 2 TBSP Canola oil
  • 1/4 Onion diced
  • 1/2Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 Tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes
  • 1 & 1/4 cup Black-eyed peas beans cooked
  • 1.5 TBSP Peanut Butter
  • 3/4 Cup water/broth
  • Half tsp & 1/4 tsp Salt


    On medium-low heat, heat oil in medium saucepan, sauté onion and add ground coriander (You don’t need ground coriander for the meal to taste good). Cook until fragrant for 2 minutes.

    Add tomatoes next and cook for 5 minutes until some of the water dries and proceed to add the peanut butter.

    Then add turmeric powder and stir to combine. Add the water/broth next and stir well so the peanut mixture can incorporate. If you are using broth, best to use vegetable broth. You don’t want the consistency too watery, it should be the consistency of a gravy. After adding the liquid, add the cooked beans and the half teaspoon of salt. Be mindful if your boiled beans is salted.

    Stir the beans-peanut mixture until combine. Cover the pot and bring the stew to a boil for 10 minutes on medium-low heat. After that, let it simmer for 5 minutes. Taste for salt and if needed, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. You shouldn’t cook the stew longer, you want it to be juicy!

    That's it, Kenyan Kunde food. kenyan-kunde-recipe_humblevege

    Enjoy with Ugali or as-is.

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