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Garlicky French Beans and Carrots

This is one of the most common dishes in Kenya. For me, I like it as an alternative to cabbage, which I am not a big fan of. Also known as green beans or sting beans by different people around the globe, they are still as good by by other name. They are also very very healthy. There are many ways to cook french beans and carrots but here is my take on them. I like mine alot more savory and rich that is why I have them with plenty of garlic. Garlicky is not a word but today it is. If you are looking for an alternative to your usual veggies or a substitute to those you do not like, today is your lucky day!

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PREP TIME: 15 MIN         COOK TIME:15 MIN         SERVES: 7


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500 grams of french beans

3 small carrots, diced

5 cloves of garlic

1 small onion, diced

2 tomatoes, grated

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

1/2 a tablespoon of black pepper

Salt to taste



Wash your french beans and carrots and dice them up into small pieces. And set them aside. The smaller you cut them, the neater it looks and the faster it will cook. The same reason I explained in this post.

cut your french beans small so that you can cook the french beans and carrots faster

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Slice your onion and put it in a frying pan with some heated vegetable oil.  Add the pepper and let this sautee until the onions are soft.

Add the tomatoes, the tomato paste and the garlic. Mix everything up. Add 1/4 cup of water. Let this simmer for 3 minutes on medium high heat. Add the carrots and let this simmer for about 4 minutes.

allow tomato paste to cook for afew minutes for it to break down well and remove that metallic taste it inherently has while raw

Add the french beans and mix them in.

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Cover with a lid and let this simmer for about 5 minutes. Do not let these cook for too long since you want to preserve the nutrients, texture and color of the french beans and carrots. Once this is over, remove from the heat and serve.

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These french beans and carrots is so easy, but so so good and very healthy. An easy way to get fussy kids, and adults, to eat their vegetables. And because it takes a really short time to make, you can whip this up on a week night or for impromptu guests.

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  1. Debbie

    I will make these tomorrow after church. I think my mom will enjoy this.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      i’m sure she will 🙂

  2. Victor Muto

    I’ll definitely try this out. It’ll be my first vegetable dish I’ve prepared

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I loved this one! Do let me know how it goes :))

  3. Eunice

    Tried it without pepper and twas great. Thanks

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Fabulous! Thank you for your feedback and I am glad you enjoyed it!

      • Maria Riama

        Yeah,, it’s very delicious food I love it

        • Kaluhi


  4. Dorine

    I tried it….God it was so simple and then vegetables were amazing 💕😍.Never been a fun of French beans but now I eat it twice a week

    • kaluhiskitchen

      **happy dance** So so soooooo glad you enjoyed this one boo! <3

  5. Anne

    Just followed the recipe and they turned out great 😜

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Glad you enjoyed <3

  6. Dinah

    Thanks, I have tried your recipe and my boys have enjoyed their lunch.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Awesome!! Happy to know that!

  7. Ela

    I have tried your recipe today and it’s amazing… we’ve all enjoyed the dish.. at least we got substitutes for cabbages and kales😂

    • Kaluhi


  8. Betty Karwego

    Tried this recipe yesterday but without the pepper coz of my daughter but it was nothing short of amazing. I loved it.

    • Kaluhi

      Music to my ears!!! Love that you loved this!

  9. Samwel Odhiambo Opiyo

    Asante Sana

  10. gevan

    hi kaluhi,am new.been making it not there a way l can jot in some blueband?if so will it add to taste and at what level should l add it?thanks.

    • Kaluhi

      Don’t add things just for the sake of adding. Because you do not know why you want blueband in the carrots, neither do I see the purpose it will fulfill, dont add it. DONT!!

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