Lesotho Likhobe (African Beans and Grain Stew)

Likhobe is a vegetarian dish native to the Basotho tribe of South Africa, made out of speckled red beans, sorghum and bulgur.



  • ½ cup of speckled beans.
  • 1 cup of sorghum grain.
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper.
  • 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric.
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground sage.
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander.
  • ½ teaspoon of marjoram.
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
  • 1 cup of coarse cracked bulghur wheat.
  • ¼ cup of diced celery.
  • ½ cup of chopped green bell pepper.
  • ½ cup of chopped onion.



  • Place beans in a pan covered with 2 inches water. Bring to a boil and boil one minute. Remove from heat and let it sit for one hour.
  • Drain the beans and rinse, then cover with two inches of water and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes, then rinse and drain again.


  • Add beans to cooking pot with sorghum, add ten cups of water, coconut oil and spices.
  • Boil, then let it simmer for 45 minutes.
  • After that, add the bulghur and veggies, then continue cooking for 45 minutes more.
  • Your mixture should be as thick as baked beans, so add water as required and cook until beans and grains are tender.
  • Your likhobe is ready to serve.




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