Kiumbo (Kiburu) Plantain & Beans Soup (Kilimanjaro Soup)

3 green plantains, peeled and diced
1 cup dried beans substitute (can red kidney beans)
1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda substitute baking soda or accent flavor enhancer
1 pound stew beef (option)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive
Salt to taste
4 cups water

Soak your dried beans overnight (If you are you using the canned beans skip this step). 
Put in a heavy skillet pot the soaked beans and water, boil for one hour.
Add the meat (option) and cook until is soft and tender.
Add the peeled and diced plantains, salt and bicarbonate of soda and cover but make sure the water is enough to cook the plantains to tender.
Take the plantains out and mushy
Return to the mixture and mix
Add extra-virgin olive oil and mix well
If the soup is too dry add water and cook for 5 more minutes
Serve while hot 

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