Chevening Scholars come from 140 countries, bringing local dishes with them to the UK from around the world.

We invited our current Cheveners to send in their favourite recipes from their home country. We put our Chevening chef’s hat on and cooked five of our favourites!

Join Chevening on our food journey around the world, and why not make one of these at home for your friends or family?

Thanks to Sharon Orero, Chevening Scholar from Kenya, for sending in this recipe.


Sharon says: ‘This is a simple meal for dinner or lunch that serves two to three people.’

Beans and vegetable stew

Chevening Programme Officer Sam made this meal at home and said: ‘The ingredients were easy to obtain, the dish was easy to make. It was filling and tasty.

‘I didn’t know what was meant by ‘boiled beans’ so I went with chickpeas.’

Here’s what Sam made:

Beans and vegetable stew by programme officer Sam

Serves three to four


  • 1 cup boiled beans
  • Half cup green peas
  • Half cup French beans, topped, tailed, and chopped
  • Half carrot, sliced
  • Half cup diced potatoes
  • 1 green capsicum pepper, chopped
  • Bunch of coriander, chopped
  • Half teaspoon garlic paste
  • Half teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Half cup water
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onions and fry them until lightly golden.
  2. Stir in the ginger and garlic pastes, followed by the capsicum pepper and chopped tomatoes. Sprinkle on the salt, cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes soften and forms a paste.
  3. Add the potatoes, peas, and French beans. Stir fry until everything is well combined. Let the mixture simmer but do not cover the pan.
  4. Add half the water and allow it to steam until the potatoes are soft.
  5. Add the beans and the chopped coriander.
  6. Add the remaining water and let it simmer over a very low heat to form a thick sauce.
  7. Serve with rice or chapatti.
  8. Enjoy!