Potatoes, Peas, and Corn - Kenyan Irio
Recipe Name: Irio
Subtitle: mashed peas with potatoes and corn
Preparation time: 40 minutes
In Kenyan language of kikuyu, irio just means food. But in daily use it means a quick dish of regions staples: mashed potatoes, corn beans and greens. This dish is a very healthy meal because it contains vegetables good for the body development.
· 1 ½ pounds baking potatoes, pealed and coarsely chopped.
· 2 ½ cups of water
· 1 ½ teaspoon salt
· 2 cups frozen green peas
· 1 tablespoon of butter
· ¾ finely chopped onion
· 4 cups of chopped spinach, kale or watercress.
· 1 ½ cup frozen whole kernel corn.
Combine potatoes, 2 ½ cups of water and salt in a medium sauce pan over high heat; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, covered, for 7 minutes.
Add peas; cover and cook until it is tender. Drain potato mixture in a colander reserving one cup of drained liquid.
Melt the butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, sauté. 4 minutes until tender. Add spinach and corn; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until spinach wilts and corn is roughly heated. Remove from heat.
Pass potatoes and peas through a ricer or food mill or mash with potato masher. Stir potato mixture and enough of reserved cooking liquid into spinach mixture to create a creamy texture.