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Vegetarian Kansiyé
- Recipe from Guinea (West Africa)
From: Um Safia

Kansiyé is a stew which is served with rice - this version uses lentils instead of beef. This is a delicious traditional dish in Guinea & is easy to make. Time to make doesn't include soaking time.


  • 8 ounces green lentils
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • cooked rice, to serve

Soak lentils in lenty of cold water for at least 2 hours. Rinse & drain,.

Brown onion, salt, pepper, thyme, garlic, parsley and clove.

Combine tomato sauce and 1 cup water, add to lentils mixture and stir well. Dilute peanut butter in remaining cup of water and add to mixture.

Cook over medium heat for 1 hour, or until lentils are soft. You may need to add a little extra water / stock.

Serve hot over the cooked rice.