Get in My Belly

This past weekend, our safari driver friend, Jesse, and his wife Leela came over to show us how to make makande. Makande is a Tanzanian dish made with maize and beans. We often eat makande at the ELCT office, and we had a very good batch of makande on safari, so we decided we wanted to learn.

As you can tell by the photo of the pots below, we made a lot of makande! We soaked the maize and beans the night before so that they would cook faster, but we soaked a little too many! Leela came over at 3:30 so we could start preparations. We told her that we had makande that tasted like peanut butter on safari and she told us that we could make that recipe. We were very excited! She told us that the other pot could have masala flavoring. These are both very different from the original flavor of makande that they make in the schools, at the office, and in other places where they make mass quantities of the meal.

After we started cooking the maize, we decided that we should get some vegetables to go with the makande. We walked to a few markets in the neighborhood and found something that resembles spinach, but tastes quite different. Whatever it was, we liked it!

The meal was done three hours later. We all filled our bellies, and because we made so much, we have been eating makande all week long! We have found that it’s a cheap and tasty way to stay full!



½ kilogram maize (unsoaked)

¼ kilogram beans (soaked overnight)

1 green bell pepper, chopped into small pieces

1 carrot, shredded

1 red onion, chopped into small pieces

3 T. olive oil

For Masala Makande:

4 T. coconut milk powder (mix with ¼ cup water)

1 ½ T. masala spice

For Peanut Butter Makande:

1 cup of peanut butter


Soak the beans in a pot overnight. The next day, put the maize in a large pot. Pour water to cover the maize 2-3 inches. Let the maize cook until the water is almost gone. This should take approximately 30 minutes. Add the beans. Pour water 2 inches on top of the beans. Do not stir. Let the beans cook until the water is almost gone. This should take approximately 30 minutes. Put the pepper, carrot, and onion on top of the beans. Do not stir. Add water so that it reaches the vegetables, but does not cover them. Pour the oil over the top. Continue to add water as it cooks down. It will take approximately 1.5 hours for the beans and maize to become soft. The maize will start to pop open when it is done. When the beans and maize are almost done, pour the coconut milk and masala spice over the vegetables if making Masala Makande. Stir in the peanut butter after the makande is cooked if making Peanut Butter Makande. When the maize and beans are soft, stir it all together and serve!


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