Today at Neema Food we present a very special dish that is close to our heart. Madesu is a Congolese dish that is made with cannellini beans and a tasteful spicy tomato sauce   


500g Cannellini beans

1 Onion (chopped)

3 Spring onions (chopped)

4 Garlic

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1 Tsp of Neema African Scotch Bonnet Chilli Paste

3 Tbsps. of Tomato puree


Mixed herbs


2 Vegetable Stock Cubes


3 Tbsps. of Olive Oil


  1. Rinse and soak the beans overnight. If you miss this step you can do step 2 for 60 to 90mins.

  1. In a pan add garlic powder, onion powder, salt and bay leaves and bring beans to a boil for 30 mins or until tender on a low heat. Once beans are tender, remove from heat and keep the bean water.

  1. In a separate pan, add olive oil and fry onion, garlic, spring onion until tender. Add chopped tomatoes, Neema African Scotch Bonnet Chilli Paste and tomato puree and simmer on a low heat for 20 mins.

  1. Whilst simmering the tomato sauce, add a pinch of nutmeg and vegetable stock cubes. Check for salt and if needed, add to taste

  2. Pour the sauce onto the beans, add 1 cup of water and simmer for 20 mins or until sauce thickens.

  3. Serve with white rice or sweet potatoes

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