Bean, Sweetcorn and Potato Mash (Kenya)

Taste Test 3

World Vegetarian Classics by Celia Brooks Brown

This is my latest delve into my favourite cookbook. It is an Irio or mash from Kenya. Celia recommends serving it as side dish with stew or curry. I have added a picture of the sweetcorn and kidney beans because they looked so pretty when they were mixed together. The kidney beans turn the mash, ever so slightly pink, which I quite like!

Bean, Sweetcorn and Potato Mash

4 floury potatoes, about 1 kg/2 1/4 lb, peeled and cut into chunks
1 x 400g/14oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
200g/7oz/1 1/2 cups frozen sweetcorn (corn)
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or watercress
30g/1oz/2tbsp butter or marg

Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Add generous pinch of salt, cover and bring to the boil. Simmer until just soft, about 10- 15 mins. Add the red kidney beans and sweetcorn and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Drain, then mash with parsley and butter and serve.

Serves 4-6

I used 2 small tins of sweetcorn for this recipe, watercress instead of parsley and I had to add freshly ground black pepper. 

I think it worked really well. I would say this is a good way of adding protein to a vegetarian meal, I might even up the ante further by reducing the potatoes and adding cannellini beans.



  1. that looks delicious! really!

    and the picture of the corn and beans is beautiful. they look very colorful and fresh- even though you said it was from a can.

    I'm glad to get to know your blog better, as I look for good vegetarian meal ideas. we aren't vegetarians (not by a loooong shot), but I am the world's cheapest person and think it is usually less expensive to cook without meat.

  2. Will definitely try this out. Mash (of any sort) is so comforting!

  3. That looks so beautiful, and I love corn and potatos together. I'll be making this very soon, thanks! (still haven't made anything out of my celia brooks brown book yet!)

  4. looks delicious - I love mash with vegies in it - probably because when I was little my mum used to mash potato, pumpkin, peas and vegemite for us - but I think yours is more sophisticated

  5. Frannie, the beans and corn were very fresh tasting! I am not always organised enought to prepare anything the day before!

    Wendy, I concur, mash is great!

    Sara, get that book open, she is really good!

    Johanna, your mum sounds more adventurous than I am when making mash! You have given me some good ideas there. not sure about the vegmite though!

  6. The photo of the beans and corn looks so mouthwatering. Have not tried what you call a "mash" but it looks very interesting. I bet it does make a great comfort food!

  7. HiWinedeb, I suppose mash is more of a cold weather dish, so a popular choice her in Scotland!

  8. holler, i'm thrilled to be paired with you for taste & create--you have so many awesome recipes and i'm having a hard time deciding what to make! i'm thinking this or your giant beans in tomato sauce (i love greek food) or heck, maybe both! :)

  9. Thanks for this bean suggestion! I think the potato and corn would hide the beans well for me. ;)

  10. I found this link from your 5:2 Pinterest page, where you have this labelled as "231 calories per portion". How much is a portion?

    1. A quarter of the recipe. Hope you enjoy it.

    2. Thanks! I'll let you know :)

  11. Hi again, it was really good and really filling - thanks again!

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for coming back to let me know :)


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