blue bowl containing beans and plantains

One-Pot Beans and Plantains - West African Flavours

You will love this rich and flavourful recipe.
Course Main
Cuisine African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 415kcal
Author Bintu Hardy | Recipes From A Pantry


  • 400g beans soaked overnight and rinsed
  • 1.125 l water
  • 200 ml palm oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp dried fish flakes
  • Chopped Scotch bonnet chilli to taste
  • 1 jumbo maggi cube
  • 1 plantain peeled and cut into thin discs
  • A large handful of very finely chopped spinach
  • Salt


  • Put beans and water in a pot and bring to the boil. Skim off the layer of foam, reduce heat and simmer for 15 mins.
  • Mix in the palm oil, onion, fish flakes and scotch bonnet chilli and let simmer for about 1.5 hr or until the beans are done to your taste.
  • About 15 mins before the beans are ready stir in the maggi cube and plantain, cover the pot and cook till the plantain is done.
  • Stir in the chopped spinach, adjust seasoning and serve with some rice.


Notes - you could use oil instead of palm oil, and other quick wilt greens instead of spinach. If you don't have a maggi cube then please substitute the water with vegetable or chicken stock. Keep an eye on the water when cooking the beans and add a half cup of water at a time if the water dries out.


Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 7.1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.9mg