Swahili Food Recipe - Tanzanian Ndizi Nyama Recipe (Green Banana and Beef)

Swahili Food Recipe: Tanzanian Ndizi Nyama Recipe (Green Banana and Beef)

Ndizi Nyama — in Swahili, “bananas with meat” (Ndizi Nyama in English) — is a simple but flavorful dish that is an essential feature of Tanzanian cuisine.

This dish combines coconut milk and tender meat and is made using the freshest unripe, starch bananas, a particularly East African style. Ndizi Nyama is a terrific dish to present on any given occasion!

Ingredients Used in Making Ndizi na Nyama Recipe

  •  1.50-gallon water
  •  1-pound lean beef, chopped into small pieces
  •  1.50 teaspoon of salt
  •  three tablespoons. of oil
  •  one finely sliced onion
  •  two minced garlic cloves
  •  a third of a ginger root (minced)
  •  two chopped tomatoes
  •  one tablespoon of Tomato paste
  •  Coconut milk
  •  two peeled and split in half green cooking bananas


  1. Heat the water till it boils in a pan or pot to start preparing Ndizi Nyama.
  2.  Put in the beef, ginger, salt and garlic.
  3.  Cover and cook for fifteen minutes on moderate-low heat.
  4.  Peel your unripe banana and chop it into quarters as the meat is cooking.
  5.  Put the onion, tomato paste, tomatoes and oil in the saucepan after the beef is almost ready. Combine all of the spices in a big mixing bowl and simmer for about five mins.
  6.  Then, put in the unripe banana pieces into the saucepan, cover, and cook for twenty minutes.
  7.  Add in the coconut cream once the unripe bananas have softened a bit, around ten to twelve minutes after you started cooking Ndizi Nyama.
  8.  Turn down the heat to a lower degree, cover the saucepan, and continue to cook for additional fifteen minutes.
  9.  Season with salt and serve the Ndizi Nyama once the meat is cooked but soft, and a fork can easily pierce the unripe banana.

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