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Throughout Niger, following a poor rainy season in 2009 that left many families with insufficient millet harvests, people have been living off hanza beans this year.


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Why anybody wants to call this protein-rich beanlike seed “famine food” is beyond me, because once you’ve rinsed away the bitterness, the hanza beans are both tasty and filling.


A while back ago, my sister-in-law made hanza burgers. First she let the beans pass through the meat grinder, and then mixed the hanza dough with eggs, salt, pepper, garlic and lemon juice.


The burgers were fried,


…then served with rice and a yoghurt/garlic sauce.  If you don’t have any hanza beans in your area, you can always make bean burgers out of chickpeas!

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