07 Feb

How To Cook Traditional Kenyan Mshenye Recipe (Mashed Sweet Potatoes Mixed with Beans and Corn)

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Occasionally,I love to eat traditional Kenyan food because they are not only easy to make but very healthy. Tubers are common ingredients in the Kenyan market and there are awesome recipes you can make from arrowroots, cassavas, yams and sweet potatoes. My recipe today is Mshenye which is a traditional Kenyan dish that calls for sweet potatoes. This meal has amazing flavors !!!

Mshenye recipe consist of mashed sweet potatoes mixed with beans and corn (maize). This is one of the main Kenyan swallows that makes a great side dish for your favorite stew. I have noted Mshenye dish is not a recipe you will easily stumble upon in restaurant menus unlike other Kenyan traditional dishes.

The amazing thing about this recipe is the fact that it is traditionally prepared without adding spices or oil; itโ€™s simply boiling the ingredients and mixing them together. This gives you the privilege to enjoy the real taste of beans, corn and sweet potatoes. Well, this doesnโ€™t mean you are restricted to adding any spices of your choice if you want to add an extra kick.

Mshenye dish is really filling which means you stomach will stay full for some hours ; which is a good thing ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, this is your lucky day of learning how to cook Kenyan Tubers because we are going to learn how to prepare this delicious recipe.

Ingredients for Mshenye Recipe

12 Pieces Sweet Potatoes boiled until cooked (Use the yellow ones because they are perfect for this recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  . Keep hot.

1-cup Boiled kidney beans until soft. Keep Hot.

1-cup Boiled Green maize(corn) until soft. Keep Hot.

Salt to taste


In a cooking pan, put in the hot sweet potatoes.

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Next, add in the hot corn

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Then the hot kidney beans

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Add salt and use a wooden stick or a potato masher and start to mash thoroughly.

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See how this dish is easy to make ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Now, Please Stop Salivating, Serve and Enjoy with beef, chicken stew or fried vegetables on the side ๐Ÿ˜€


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6 thoughts on “How To Cook Traditional Kenyan Mshenye Recipe (Mashed Sweet Potatoes Mixed with Beans and Corn)

  1. I tried this recipe ad my family loved it I was curious coz I have never mashed sweet potatoes with anything I was worried about sweetness of this potatoes but I discovered this sweetness blend well with maize ad beans thanx very much.

  2. I have an international thanksgiving coming up. Everybody brings an authentic dish from their home country. I was going to make chapo but I’m definitely making this. Thanks for sharing!

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