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Rwanda 2021 - Recipes

Igisafuliya: Chicken, vegetable, and plantain stew

Igisafuliya is a delicious Rwandan dish prepared with chicken, vegetables and plantains whose name means "pot" in Kinyarwanda.

Serves 4

4 chicken thighs
2 onions , chopped
2 leeks (white and green parts), thinly sliced
4 green bell peppers , seeded and cut
4 tomatoes , peeled, seeded, and diced
5 celery stalks , chopped (including leaves)
4 plantain bananas , peeled, cut in half lengthwise and then cut in half
10 oz. spinach , fresh or frozen
3 tablespoons tomato paste
4 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 hot pepper/chile (optional)

1. In a pot with hot oil, sear chicken over medium-high heat to color on all sides.
2. Add onion, leeks, and peppers. Stir and leave about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the tomatoes, celery, and tomato paste and mix well. Cook on medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring regularly.
4. Cover with water, add salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes.
5. Remove 2 pieces of chicken, place the plantains in the pot and cover them with the spinach, and then put the chicken back on top. Add water if necessary so that the bananas are fully submerged.
6. Cover, add the whole hot pepper, and simmer over low heat for about 25 minutes. The liquid should not evaporate too much during cooking, as there should be a lot of sauce left.

Recipe: Vera Abitbol,

Rwanda 2021 - Recipes

  • Igisafuliya: Chicken, vegetable, and plantain stew

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