This flag was adopted in 1962 when Burundi gained independence from Belgium. The three stars represent the three main ethnic groups of Burundi; the Hutu, Twa and Tutsi.
Time20 minutes
Capital Gitega
Population 11,865,821 (84th largest)
Area27,834 km2 (142nd largest)
Language Kirundi, French, English
Religion 91% Christianity


Burundi is another land-locked West African country, formerly a French (Belgian) colony. In fact, Germany and Belgium ruled Rwanda and Burundi as a joint colony from 1919-1962. However, the ethnic Burundians lived there for more than 500 years. The country has the second highest population density in Africa but has a largely rural population, with its main sector being agriculture.

Burundian Red Kidney Bean Stew does traditionally have plantain in it, however lockdown meant there was no way we were getting our hands on that ingredient. It is served usually with rice and cornmeal porridge pap. For the LAST OF THE B’s (woohoo) we kept it plain and simple.


Ibiharage (bean stew)


  • 1 tin of red kidney beans
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • splash of water
  • optional: chilli powder/flakes


  1. Fry the onion in veg oil on a medium heat until golden brown. Then Stir in the garlic for one minute.
  2. Add the other ingredients and stir well. Lower the heat and cook off the liquid.
  3. Season to taste and add chilli if you wish. Serve with rice!

Merci Beacoup and see you in Cabo Verde! M + B

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