Iru Bean Stew
Iru beans, otherwise known as Locust Beans are commonly found in west African countries, primarily Nigeria. This unique bean has a somewhat pungent aroma but offers a delicious savory flavor. This traditional stew combines the "umami" of the Iru beans along with
7 Assorted large Bell Peppers (minced)
3 Scotch Bonnet Peppers
4 large Red Onions (2 minced / 2 sliced)
2 Lbs braised beef (or goat if you want it traditional) braise with 1 red onion, 1 scotch bonnet pepper & 2 tsp beef stock
80 Grams cleaned smoked dried fish
20 Grams smoked dried shrimp
½ Cup palm oil
2 cubes of beef bouillon
1 Tbsp Iru
Salt (to taste)
Boil the minced bell peppers & onions on medium high heat till it reduces to a paste
In a different pot over medium heat sauté the sliced red onions in palm oil until the onions are slightly brown.
Next add the dried fish & dried shrimp, continue to cook for another 10 mins.
Add in the reduced pepper paste & halved Scotch Bonnet Peppers (deseed the peppers for lower heat), turn the heat down to low-medium & continue cooking for 10 mins. Add in the braised meat & the braising liquid, keep cooking for 15 mins
Next add the Iru & beef bouillon, stir, keep cooking until the stew separates from the oil (about 10 mins).
Serve with rice.