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Pea and Potato Stew

Potato stew is rather common in Kenya. Probablly because you can throw in various ingredients and having them cook all at once. This saves plenty of time. Unfortunately for most, this meal falls short of flavor. But in our home, we have found a way to have this taste great all the time. After years of tweaking my mum’s recipe, we finally settled on the best potato stew.

I shared this picture on Instagram and Face book a while back and it received quite a nice reception. I decided to share our family recipe today and I know you will like it. Regardless of what you make, no matter how basic, never ever compromise on how it tastes and looks. For today: Pea and Potato Stew

Pea and potato stew by kaluhi adagala which has black pepper, green bell pepper and cumin spice




how to make potato stew_potatp stew ingredients for the best potato stew by Kaluhi Adagala of Kaluhis Kitchen

4 tomatoes, grated

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

1 large onion, diced

3 carrots, cubed

2 beef cubes

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon of ground cumin

2 tablespoons of royco

1/2 tablespoon of black pepper

1 can of peas, boiled

5 large potatoes, cubed

1 green bell pepper finely diced

Fresh coriander for garnish

Salt to taste



In a sufuria, heat some vegetable oil and add the onions and garlic. Add the black pepper, cumin powder and salt so that they cook with the onions at this stage.

sauteeing the onions together with the spices seasons the oil and makes the spices more developed in flavor level_pea and potato stew

Once the onions have softened, add the tomatoes and the tomato paste. Add 1/4 cup of hot water and let this simmer for about 4 minutes. Then add the carrots and the beef cubes (if you have royco that is ok too). Then, let these simmer for about 2 minutes. Then add your potatoes.


While adding the water as you cook, add 1/4 cup of hot water at a time instead of a huge jugful at one go. This will allow you to maintain a nice thick soup. You can always add more soup, but you can not fix a watery soup. So add the water bit by bit until you attain your desired soup thickness.


using carrots in a pea and potato stew not only add color but alot of flavor and nutrients too

adding potatoes shortly after the carrots allows them to cook together and not become too mushy_pea and potato stew by kaluhis kitchen

The smaller you cut your potatoes and dice your carrots, the quicker they will get done. In addition to that, this will make the food look really good and increase its visual appeal. Also, because a lot of the surface area is exposed, the flavor seeps into each component more effectively. Lastly, cutting them up this way allows you to have a taste of everything on a single bite. That is why I like cutting up my potatoes and carrots really small.

cutting potatoes up for potato stew samll allows them to boil faster and makes the food alot neater

dicing up carrots really small allows them to cook faster and makes the food neater_Kaluhis Kitchen potato stew

Once the potatoes are almost done, add the peas and the green bell pepper. The peas are added towards the end because they were already boiled prior. The bell pepper is also added towards the end so that they do not overcook and maintain their color too.

adding the green bell peppers and the peas towards the end allows them to retain their color and texture long after the pea and potato stew is done

You will know the stew is ready when a fork passes through easily through one of the potatoes. Once you have confirmed this garnish and serve hot.

steamy bowl of pea and potato stew to warm you up an Nairobi weather cools_Kaluhis Kitchen

This potato stew would be fantastic with rice, chapati or your preferred starch. A basic Kenyan meal, with elevated taste and flavor profile. Check out and try out my rich njahi recipe, my phenomenal ndengus and delicious bean stew if you are looking for something Kenyan with stratospheric taste…Only the best recipes for you guys *wink*

Doesn’t it look fantastic?

Kenyan food_peotatao stew is very common in Kenya since its easy to make and very nutritious

A taste of everything in a single bite.

Kenyan Food Blogs showcasing best of kenyan food_pea and potato stew allows you to taste everything in a single bite

And I know you can not wait to try this potato stew out 🙂



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  1. Beth Mumbi

    I made this tonight & it was a huge success. Who knew I would ever enjoy being in the kitchen?! I will download (and try) all your recipes. Thanks for making cooking easy for us girl!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Cooking is very fun isnt it?? Glad you enjoyed my recipes Beth 🙂

  2. Kimani

    My future wife must learn how to cook like this. Damn!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      LOL! She will. Just introduce her to this blog and it will be easy from there:)

  3. Rosebell

    Hi Kaluhi!

    First off, I love love love this blog! And your pictures, the graphics….Thumbs up! I shared your blog with my workmates last week and we spent a whole afternoon drooling and picking recipes we want to try out.

    Sadly, I haven’t been getting my email updates, especially since June. I tried to subscribe again and it hasn’t gone through. I don’t know what the issue is. Please advise.

    Also, do you have any healthy recipes on mushrooms and tips on how to pick out mushrooms in the supermarket?

    What is your take on mushrooms in relation to health especially weight loss and blood sugar?


    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hey Rose,
      You have just put a huge smile on my face today! Thank you for sharing my blog with your work mates too. I appreciate.
      I had not noticed that the email subscription had a problem. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I will fix it as soon as I can.
      I have two mushroom recipes on the blog already, you can look them up. On how to pick mushrooms, I think you just have to look at the freshness. They have to be tout and evenly colored. Any sogginess or discoloration should raise flags. Also, there are so many types of mushrooms, hence different people love different types. Try a couple and decide which one you will like best. I ended up LOVING chestnut mushrooms. They are so so good.
      Mushrooms are very healthy. I highlighted some of the benefits in one of the mushroom posts. With regard to weight loss, I think they make a good substitute to meats and make you fuller for longer so that may help. I unfortunately happen not to know how they may help with blood sugar as I am not a nutritionist.

      • Rosebell

        Thank you so much for your response. I will definitely check out the recipes and get started!

        Keep those yummy recipes coming! 🙂

        • kaluhiskitchen

          Take pics as you cook and tag me on instagram. I would totally love to see how it all turns out 🙂

  4. Hendrica

    Dang!I saw the link to your blog at after you sweetly replied to my comment and I am OBSESSED!Especially since I have been looking into learing new recipes.You’ll definitely see more of me here!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hey Hendrica :),
      I am more than happy to give encouragement to my fellow sister. We will all make it one day. And I am so pleased that you love my blog and the recipes. Honored to have you as a reader.

  5. Alfonce Choi

    Sorry Kaluhikitchen, I have already downloaded most of your recipes for my wife and myself. She’s so kitchen adventurous. I dint know that even some simple foods we prepare can be made to be so amazing. It’s definately very African. I love it all.

    • Kaluhi's_Kitchen

      No need to apologize Choi! I am totally honored, and actually touched that I get to transform yours and your wife’s cooking. Eating good food is really not that complicated nor difficult. Happy you realized this via my blog

  6. Faith Kamanja

    The best recipe ever seen with clear pictures. Am gonna give try very soon.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you so much! Looking forward to your feedback.

  7. AJ

    Made this for my boyfriend. He loved it! Thanks for the recipe.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      If bae loves it, you know it is A1!!!! Thanks for trying this out :))

  8. margaret maratu

    as swahili says leo ni leo msema kesho mwongo….i must try this for my boyfred,,,he used to tel me am the best cook ,,,i must try this n i know he will absolutly luv t

    • kaluhiskitchen


  9. Florence

    I love this. Will have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

    • kaluhiskitchen


  10. Den li

    I simply love your recipes. Easy to follow and by explaining what the purpose of each ingredient, I can easily find a replacement at home.
    I will use this tonight.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      <3 <3 <3


    I LOVE this i will be a frequent visitor here

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You are most welcome! <3

  12. Grace

    Just made this. It came out great ❤

    • kaluhiskitchen


  13. Maureen

    On your recipe now. Let me see how it turns out.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      An easy, but really tasty one! I am sure you will enjoy <3

  14. Shikoh

    I just tried this recipe ….Can’t believe I made food that’s so tasty. Will definitely come back here more recipes.
    Thank you so much 😃😆!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      So happy you aced this and enjoyed!!! <3

  15. juliah kinyua

    I must say I love every bit of what I have made using your recipe. Today there are no left overs. My kids cleared everything. God bless you. Hapa siwezi hama

    • kaluhiskitchen


  16. Pamela

    Hello Kaluhi. A can of peas is how many grams in this recipe?

    • Kaluhi

      Cant recall. Any amount will be ok, dont overthink please. Add as many or as little peas as is enough for your potatoes

  17. Joanne

    Hi Kaluhi,
    Are there any ground/ or whole spices I should use when boiling the peas or just water only is good enough?
    Boiling with water only makes the peas taste so dull!

    • Kaluhi

      Just boil the peas.

  18. Sally

    Hi, how do I boil my peas without them loosing the nice green color…

    • Kaluhi

      By not overboiling. Once they are just done, toa kwa moto immediately, run them through cold water then set aside.

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