Sep 12, 2014

Irio From Kenya for K

Some times simple recipes makes delicious dishes Am I  right?. This recipe from Kenya is one of those dishes. Yes my recipe for K is from Kenya. Kenya is an East African country with it's Indian ocean coastline. Many immigrants came in to Kenya and brought their ingredients in to the country. So Kenyan cuisine is a mixture of  many cultures and cuisines 
                                                                             But there are some local tribes and groups still following their culture and using their won ingredients in their cuisine. Kikuyu is the one of the largest group in the country, they are also the largest ethnic group in the country. They lives in the hilly area of the country. Kikuyu people are farmers, they grow bananas, sugarcane, yam, potatoes and many more other vegetables.
                                                                        Kikuyu people make a lot of vegetarian dishes too from their locally  grown vegetables. This Irio is a traditional Kikuyu recipe which I got after a very long research. Irio is a delicious and nutritious accompaniment to any stew. But they serve this with beef stew or any other meat stew. What I came to know is traditionally how they eat this is. Take a small portion of this Irio and dip in to the stew and have it. I made this for two times. First time we had it with a bean stew and bread that was a very heavy meal. Second time we just had it with a slice of toast. This time I thought I could have it with a soup and bread will try next time. Simple recipe but was very delicious. If  you use all fresh vegetables in this recipe the taste will increase, but you can use caned peas and corn. You can use dried green peas and corn but the taste will be little different. There are variations for this recipe too. some people will add spinach or pumpkin leaves to this. And in some recipes they didn't add onion and garlic. I my recipe I like to add onion and garlic so I included them, wanted to add spinach but I didn't get that in the market, So If it ia available for you then you spinach to the recipe.
Now let's check the recipe.
Recipe adopted from HERE
Potatoes :---  500gms (peeled and cut in to cubes)
Onion  ---- 1 big finely chopped
Green peas  ---  250 gms
Sweet corn kernels  --- 250 gms
Garlic  ---  2 cloves chopped
Butter   ---  1 tabsp
Sour cream  --- 2 tea sp
Water or vegetable stock or chickne stock --- 1 cup
Salt to taste,
Nutmeg powder  -- 1/4 tea sp
Pepper powder  -- 1/2 tea sp
1. Heat butter in a pan add chopped onion and garlic and saute till soft. 
2. Now add potatoes, green peas, and sweet corn (add spinach if using) and stir well for 12 minutes.
3. Add stock or water mix well and cook till potatoes are soft. Here i want to tell one point in the original recipe they drain the excess water. But I didn't like that if we drain excess water the flavor of the butter which we used for saute the vegetables will go away in the water. So avoid that and I just cooked the vegetables till all the water disappear,so the flavors will stay.
4. cook till potatoes are soft, remove from he heat and mash with a potato masher till every thing in to a lumpy consistency. 
5. Now add sour cream, salt to taste, nutmeg and pepper powder mix well to combine.
Serve with a stew and bread.   


Usha said...

If you made it twice, it must have tasted good. Nice recipe from Kenya.

Varada's Kitchen said...

Great choice Padma. Very different potato salad. Will make a great summer side dish

Unknown said...

wow thats an wonderful side to go with toast :) looks so yummy and tempting !!

Priya Suresh said...

Irio looks absolutely delicious, i can have this irio just like snacks.

Harini R said...

Wow! A very interesting way to have as a salad!

Pavani said...

That is a very yummy looking potato salad.

vaishali sabnani said...

Interesting. The dish looks nice and healthy with the veggies and good that you didn't drain off the water .even either add just right else use the drained water in daals.

cookingwithsapana said...

Very healthy and interesting salad. Must have tasted awesome a syou made it twice..

Srivalli said...

Very interesting dish Padma, from what I have read on the Kenyan food, makes me want to try the cuisine..

The Pumpkin Farm said...

this is like our grated corn upma, with potatoes it looks beautiful

Suma Gandlur said...

That potato based irio must be a yummy side dish. I thought it was some kind of millet dish, looking at the image. :)

Chef Mireille said...

potatoes, beans and bread - can understand why the first time was so heavy but this dish does look yummy

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Looks very interesting!

Archana said...

Wow this is delicious. You made it twice !