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Ndambe (Spicy Bean Sandwich)

Ndambe is a delicious spicy bean sandwich served on the streets of Senegal, you will love it!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Senegalese
Servings 4
Calories 576 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups Black-eyed peas
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef cut into bite size chunks
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato paste
  • 2 loaves French Baguette
  • 1 pinch salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste


  • Prepare black-eyed beans per package directions then cook in boiling water until tender about 1 hour. (Please note: do not put any salt in the water)
  • Put the cut of pieces of beef into a pot. Add a cup of water. Cook for 10 minutes and then drain the broth and reserve.
  • Add the oil into the pot with the boiled beef and add in the onions. Brown them stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.
  • Dilute the tomato paste with 1/4 cup of water. Add into the pot, mix well and cook for 5 more minutes. Stir so it does not stick.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water, the chopped garlic, vinegar maggi, chili pepper, a pinch of salt and a 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
  • Add the beans and broth that has been reserved
  • Stir well and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes
  • Smother the Ndambe on two french baguettes and cut each in half on the diagonal.
  • Serve warm