Atassi is a dish traditionally made with rice and black-eyed peas or African brown beans. If you are not in Africa, you may need to go to international food stores or African market /groceries stores to get the brown beans.

You can also use dried small red beans, which I used in this recipe. They are very easy to get in any groceries store where I live and are a pretty good substitute for the African brown beans.

Total Cooking Time: 2h15 min
Serving: 4


  • 1 cup small dried red beans
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 10 cups water
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp salt


  1. Rinse beans thoroughly with water.
  2. Combine beans and 10 cups of water in a medium or large pot.
  3. Put the pot over a medium-high heat and cook the beans until tender, about 1h30 min.
  4. Add 3 cups warm water and let it boil for 5 min
  5. Add salt
  6. Rinse rice and add it to the beans
  7. Stir slowly to blend it together
  8. Cook until the water goes down about 10 min
  9. Put the heat down to low
  10. Cover with aluminum paper.
  11. Cover and cook for 25 min until rice is fully cooked

Serve Atassi with fried tomato sauce. Some people add fried chicken, fried fish, or even boiled eggs. I personally believe that the beans are packed with proteins, so no need to add any animal proteins to it. It is delicious with or without!

Bon appetit!

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