- Beans2 Cups
- A Blend Of Tomato, Pepper and Onion2 CupsI used 1 onion, 4 tomatoes and about 1 1/4 cup of a mix of chilli pepper (shombo) and habanero pepper(ata rodo). I generally do a 60% to 70% pepper and 30% to 40% tomato blend but the actual ratio of tomatoes to pepper you should use depends on you and how spicy you like your food.
- Onion1/4 to 1/2 Medium PiecesSliced or chopped
- Ground Dried Shrimps1 1/2 TablespoonsYou can substitute with ground crayfish
- Palm Oil1/4 to 1/2 Cups
- Chilli Powder1/2 TeaspoonsGround Pepper
- Salt and MaggiTo taste
- Garlic Powder1/4 Teaspoons
- Fermented Locust Bean (Optional)1 TeaspoonsLocally called Iru. I didn't use this but you can for extra flavour.
- Dried Fish, Smoked Fish (Optional)I didn't use this but you can for a richer stewed beans. If using dried fish make sure you soak first to soften.
How To Make Stewed Beans
Step 1. Wash the beans, put it in a pot, add water and cook the beans until it is half done. Don’t add any salt or seasoning when cooking. The beans should be a little tender but still hold their shape.
Step 2. Add palm oil to a pot, heat up, add the sliced onions and let it fry for about 5 minutes. Don’t do this on high heat so it won’t burn.
***If you will be using iru, add it in now and let it fry for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 3. Add in the blended tomato, pepper and onion puree, let it simmer for about 3 minutes then season with salt and seasoning cube, chilli powder, garlic powder and the ground dried shrimps or ground crayfish.
Step 4. Stir and let the sauce cook until it is done. If you will be using dried or smoked fish, add it sometime in between the cook time.
Step 5. When the sauce is done, add enough water to cook the beans until done. Let that simmer for a minute then add in the half cooked beans.
***Depending on how much beans you have, you can start with 1/2 to 1 cup of water and supplement with more later if needed. Also before you add water to cook the beans, if you feel like you have too much stew/sauce in the pot with not enough beans, you can take some of it out and use it later either to serve with your beans or for another meal.
Step 6. Taste for salt, adjust taste if necessary and cook until the beans is done and any water has dried up.
Done. Your Stewed Beans is ready. Serve with boiled yam, fried plantain, fried fish, bread, garri or whatever you like 🙂