I got home from work late on Tuesday night. (I almost didn’t make it home in time for New Girl, which I then forgot to watch…) I was not strong in the Pearl Project spirit, so I was thankful that I had already planned to make a dish that was not too labor intensive.
Irio is basically a bean, corn, and potato mash with a splash of greens. It is a common dish throughout East Africa. There are oodles of varieties out there. Mine included, onion, a can of yellow corn, a can of pinto beans, 3 large potatoes (boiled, then cubed), and 1 1/2 cups of finely chopped spinach. There was some salt, pepper, and paprika involved too. I know, I should have probably gone the extra step and made ugali (I even bought white corn meal!) with the irio. But we had leftover rice. And wasting food is no good. I also added a dollop of plain yogurt to the top for a bit of extra tangyness. Simple meal. Not mind blowing. But solid.