Global Recipes

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Tortillas with Carrots & Sweet Pepper

This recipe comes from SPI partner Habitat for Humanity Guatemala. This simple recipe was adopted by gardeners in Canaque as part of their project in that community.

“The staple of all food in Guatemala is corn. Fresh tortillas are always on the table in a Guatemalan home for each meal. With this simple but effective recipe, we incorporated carrots (can also be used with other vegetables) to add more vitamins and supplements to this food in order to improve its nutritional value.” — Lily, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala

Roasted Okra

While you may not think of okra as a crowd favorite, it's one of the more popular vegetables requested by our partners. Okra grows as a stalk with edible pods and leaves that have lots of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Of course, there’s no getting around the “goo” — whether you like it or not. (We like it!)

This recipe for roasted okra comes from the wonderful food blog Cardamom and Tea with gratitude from us here at SPI. Kathryn Pauline addresses the goo-troversy head-on with a few suggestions for managing okra to your liking.

Dayra’s Quimbobo Stew

This recipe comes from Dayra at AMDAE, an SPI partner in Colombia. Dayra received seeds through her partnership with Seed Programs International, which supplied her working farm with vegetables. She prepared a delicious stew with okra that was harvested on the farm and graciously shared her recipe, along with a short video.

Ghormeh Sabzi

Roughly translated as “herb stew,” ghormeh sabzi is a popular dish in Iran. An unofficial holiday dish, Iranian expats declared the last Saturday of each November as International Ghormeh Sabzi Day.

Our recipe calls for spinach, but any dark bitter green is suitable for this dish. While the traditional preparation includes beef or lamb, these can be omitted or substituted with fried tofu, tempeh, seitan, or more beans for a meatless dish. Some chefs also recommend mushrooms for their texture and flavor.

Spinach Stew

Looking for something warm and spicy during the winter months? Try this recipe for Spinach Stew, a common dish in Central Africa! Spinach is a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K, along with other vitamins and minerals (Popeye knew what he was doing). This recipe comes to us courtesy of Samuel Akombi, a refugee resettled in Atlanta, GA.

Githeri - photo by CIMMYT

An integral part of many Kenyan diets, Githeri serves up a complete protein and is highly nutritional. Beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, peas, and corn are foods known as incomplete proteins. When you combine the right incomplete proteins, like rice and beans, you get a complete protein!

Starches, proteins, and vegetables can be added to turn githeri into a stew, or you can use it as a base for more complex dishes. This versatile and traditional dish is becoming trendy fare for young folks in Kenya, and now you can try it, too!


Harissa is a spicy condiment that's a staple in North African and Middle Eastern cooking. Harissa recipes vary by countries and regions, but it's typically a blend of hot peppers, garlic, olive oil, and spices, like cumin, coriander, caraway, and mint. Tomatoes and rose petals are also common ingredients. Harissa can be used as a condiment and for grilling all types of protein, flavoring roasted vegetables, or stews and soups. It is also delicious as a side with couscous or rice. You can control the spicy heat of harissa by increasing or reducing the number of hot peppers. Just remember, it is meant to be hot!


Wrapper Ingredients

1/4 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 

Stuffing Ingredients

3 cup cooked protein (optional)
1/2 cup chopped onion

matokeIn Uganda where plantains are a staple crop, they are known as matoke (or matooke). Matoke is also the name given to this delicious dish. Different variations of matoke recipes can be found in Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Kenya.


4 cloves garlic, crushed or finely chopped

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 large tomatoes, chopped

1/2 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped 

6 firm green bananas or green plantains, peeled and diced

photo credit: pithyandcleaver.comIngredients:

1 head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into 3/4" florets
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
2 thinly cloves garlic
1 Jalapeno seeded, and thinly sliced lengthwise
2 ​Tbsp. lemon juice
Cilantro leaves to garnish

kachubari saladEnjoyed by Kenyans and Tanzanians alike, this recipe combines tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, chile, and lime juice. This flavorful recipe is easy to make and is a perfect dish for summer entertaining.  

3 - 4 large tomatoes
1/2 of a medium sized red onion
2 - 3 teaspoons of lemon or lime juice
2 - 3 teaspoons of olive oil
Salt and ground pepper to taste
Fresh cilantro
1/4 slice of an avocado for garnishing
2 chiles (optional)

Fall Vegetable CurryIngredients:

2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
1 can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup diced peeled sweet potato
1 ½ cup small cauliflower florets
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 teaspoons Madras curry powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt


1 clove of garlic

2 bunches of trimmed and chopped kale

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 cup of water

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 teaspoon soy sauce

3 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Salt and pepper (or soy sauce)

In a medium pot, boil 1 cup of water. Add kale; cover and cook for 3 min.

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.