Recipes from Burundi: Ibiharage (beans)

Recipes from Burundi


Country: Burundi
Course: Side
Makes: 4-6 servings


  • 12 oz white navy beans
  • Boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 3 large onions, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp berberi powder
  • 2 tsp salt


  1. Put the beans in a large saucepan and cover with a volume of water that is equal to about two or three times the amount of beans. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Boil for two or three minutes, then remove from heat.
  2. Cover the pot and let the beans soak for one hour. Then put back on the stove and simmer until tender.
  3. Alternately, you can use a pressure cooker to soften the beans.
  4. In a separate pan, heat the oil and fry the onions until they are transparent. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant.
  5. Add the beans to the pot and cook for five minutes. Stir in the salt and the berberi spice mix. Serve immediately.