How to prepare beans stew (Ghanaian red-red)

How to prepare beans stew (Ghanaian red-red)

Ghanaian red-red! Tasty, scrumptious, delectable, savoury – the words are endless. It is hard expressing this meal’s rich flavour and delightfulness. No wonder it is one of the most popular dishes in Ghana, mostly preferred by staunch vegetarians. And it is enshrined in Ghanaian culture; the original recipe revised multiple times to produce the perfect touch to enhance the meal's rich taste. Are you wondering how to prepare beans stew known as Ghanaian red-red? Of course, you need your beans and another accompaniment to cushion the bean's monotony. Traditionally, the dish was served with fried plantains, but preferences change, and people adopt different recipes, tweaked to suit their tastes. So, what is the best way to cook beans stew in Ghana?

How to prepare beans stew
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If you have never prepared beans stew, then you are missing out on a lot. Such Ghanaian cuisines are not hard to prepare, and with the right ingredients and steps, you can enjoy a delectable meal. Sure, it is something not to be missed.

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Broaden your knowledge and learn more about the African beans recipe that is a favourite in Ghana. Even better, this meal is prepared using local ingredients and ancient techniques, carried down from generation to generation. Are you up for it?

How to prepare beans stew – learn the procedure

Trending foods are always universal delicacies, which everyone, regardless of how reserved they are on what they consume can always indulge. And beans stew Ghanaian red-red is an accurate depiction of this ideology.

The meal is a regular in Ghana and people enjoy it on the streets, homes, boarding schools, and many more places. It would be no surprise for it to cross the borders, and become a staple of a foreign country. It is about time you learnt how to prepare beans stew, the traditional food with the ideal oomph!

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Beans stew Ghanaian red-red recipe

Visit your nearest store and buy the necessary ingredients. However, considering the simplicity of the food, you might have ample stock of the majority of what you require.


  • Five canned black-eyed peas, drained or 600g dried beans
  • Five canned black-eyed peas, drained or 600g dried beans
  • 100ml palm oil or Canola oil
  • One medium onion, chopped
  • Minced ginger and garlic
  • ½ tbsp dried chili flakes
  • ½ red scotch bonnet chili
  • ½ tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp bouillon powder
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 4 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp crayfish (optional)
  • 1 medium leek, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 6 ripe plantains, sliced diagonal

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How to prepare beans stew
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Tip: If you possess a pressure cooker, use it for cooking the beans until they are soft. It is going to reduce your cooking time significantly.

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  1. If you are utilizing dried beans, make sure that you soak them in cold water overnight or for five hours to soften.
  2. Prepare your beans by boiling for five minutes. When it is ready, rinse with cold water and put it in aside in a bowl.
  3. If you are using canned beans, you can ignore all the above steps and continue with the following procedures.
  4. Begin by heating palm oil in a sizeable pot over medium-high heat.
  5. Pour your chopped onions, garlic, ginger, chili flakes, and scotch bonnet into the pot. Stir everything gently, allowing the heat to distribute to all the pot’s constituents until the onions are translucent.
  6. Pour and mix your tomatoes, salt, tomato puree, and pepper. Cook everything gently.
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7. Add your curry powder and chili powders and mix well. This is the ideal time to pour the crayfish, bouillon powder, and salt to taste. Adjust the seasoning to taste as you are cooking.

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8. Prepare everything in the pot for at least twenty minutes. Once perfectly stirred, cover the pot. Make sure that you mix at regular intervals until the oil is completely separated from the tomato puree.

9. Check the stew, and if you are content with the taste, add the previously prepared beans and cook for thirty minutes.

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10. Stir regularly to ascertain that everything is going on well. Cook until the beans are tender and the stew has a thick-creamy consistency.

11. Put your sliced plantain in a medium bowl and add salt. Toss the bowl's constituents thoroughly to distribute the salt evenly.

12. Preheat a deep-fat fryer pan to 180 degrees Celsius. Once ready, pour oil into the pan gently and let it heat.

13. Pour the plantain in batches and fry. Ensure that you allow enough space for the slices to fry evenly.

14. After the contents turn golden, flip them to fry evenly on all sides. You ought to fry until everything turns brown.

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15. Once ready, remove and place it on a sieve to drain out the oil. Ascertain that you do this for all the plantain.

16. When ready, serve, and enjoy.

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Preparing Ghanaian beans stew is as easy as the steps above. Once you have your ingredients, it is all about being creative to achieve your desired final product. The meal has a rich history, dating back to the fifteenth century when Ghanaians were introduced to ingredients such as rye. Despite numerous influences on Ghanaian cuisine, the red red recipe has maintained its originality. So, if you are looking to know how to prepare beans stew, better learn the red red Ghana recipe for the best outcome.

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