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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.

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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.

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The burgers were fried,

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…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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