- Fermented Locust Bean3 to 4 TablespoonsLocally called Iru
- A Blend of Tomato, Pepper and Onion Puree2 CupsI did a rough blend but you can blend smooth. I love spicy food, so I used more peppers than tomatoes and blended with 1 onion. Actual ratio is up to you.
- Smoked Tilapia4 PiecesWashed and deboned. You can substitute with any kind of smoked fish or use fresh fish. You can also skip the fish and use meat instead or use both meat and fish. If using meat, precook first
- Vegetable Oil1/4 to 1/2 CupsYou can substitute with palm oil
- Ground Crayfish or Dried Shrimp1 Teaspoons
- Chilli Powder1/2 TeaspoonsGround Pepper
- Garlic Powder1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoons
- Curry Powder1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoons
- Onion1 PiecesChopped
- Hard Boiled Egg4 PiecesOr any quantity you want
- Salt and Maggi Seasoning CubeTo Taste
Fermented locust bean packs quite the delicious flavours when used in stews or porridge dishes. The flavours you’d get if you used smoked fish versus meat or even fresh fish versus smoked fish may differ but whichever you use, you’ll be in for a delightful experience 🙂
Step 1. Add vegetable oil to a pot, heat up.
Step 2. Add the chopped onions, fry for about 4 to 5 minutes on medium to low heat.
Step 3. Add the locust beans, stir and fry for about 3 to 4 minutes. This is to allow the locust beans release its flavours into the oil.
Step 4. Add the blended tomato, pepper and onion puree. Stir and let it simmer for 3 minutes then season with salt and seasoning cube, chilli powder, curry powder, ground shrimps or crayfish and garlic powder.
***Locust bean is salty on its own so be cautious of the amount of salt you add to your stew.
Step 5. Stir, cook for about 3 to 5 minutes then add the boiled eggs and smoked fish. If using meat, add it in now.
Step 6. Stir gently so the fish doesn’t scatter in the stew, taste for salt and cook until the sauce is done. This should take anywhere from 10 minutes to 20 minutes depending on how much stew you are making.
***Check on it frequently and give it a gentle stir when you do. If you notice the stew is dehydrated at any point, supplement with some water.
Done. Your locust bean stew is done. Serve with rice, beans, plantain, pasta or even bread.