Beans is very nutritious and also delicious when cooked well, I wasn’t really a beans lover while growing up but now, I am because I learnt how to make it this way (stewed beans) and it is also good for weight watchers and people trying to lose weight like me, but portion control is key too. Nigerian stewed beans is beans cooked until very soft then mixed with pepper sauce. The peppers used to cook this are scotch bonnets, red bell peppers and cayenne pepper (optional), beans cooked this way is very spicy and lush so I prefer it to normal beans porridge.
- 4 cups honey beans
- 3 cooking spoons of palm oil
- 3 tablespoons crayfish (ground)
- 5 large bell peppers (Tatashe)
- 3 scotch bonnets (Atarodo)
- 2 large Onions
- 3 – 4 Cayenne pepper ( Shombo [optional] )
- 1 cup washed and shredded smoked fish (also known as black fish or dried fish)
- Knorr seasoning cubes
- Ugwu (Pumpkin leaves [optional] )
- Salt to taste
First prepare the ingredients before cooking, pick and wash the beans, wash the peppers and blend all together, slice the onions and Ugwu, wash and shred the fish and ground/pound the crayfish
- Place the washed beans in a pot, add enough water to cook it and place on high heat, boil until the beans becomes soft
- Add palm oil in another pot, allow to heat up then add onions, fry for 3 minutes
- Add the shredded fish and fry for 2 minutes on low heat
- Now add the blended pepper mix, crayfish, Knorr cubes and salt, stir and fry for 10 minutes occasionally stirring so it doesn’t burn. Adjust seasoning if necessary
- Add the boiled beans into the sauce and stir very well
- Add some sliced Ugwu (pumpkin leaves), stir and allow to simmer for 2minutes
And it is ready… I just need some fresh soft agege bread to scoop this beans out of the plate into my mouth, yuyum. Enjoy!
This recipe is a must try, if you don’t like beans, this recipe will make you love beans. How do you cook your beans? Let me know by commenting below. So nice to have you here, see you soon!