Ewa riro recipe

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Stewed beans or ewa riro is a type of beans pottage from the Yoruba speaking parts of Nigeria. Stewed beans is a jack of all trades kind of dish as it is paired with just about anything to make a meal, e.g. bread, rice, plantain, yam e.t.c.

  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
  • Total Time: 50 Minutes


  • 2 cups black-eyed beans
  • 4 teaspoons seasoning powder of choice
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chopped tinned tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
How to Make It
  1. Rinse black eyed-beans and add to pot with 4 cups of warm water.
  2. Add baking soda and place the pot on a hob with.
  3. Leave to cook for 20 minutes then remove from hob.
  4. Place a separate pot on medium heat and add vegetable oil.
  5. Add chopped onions, chilli peppers and curry powder.
  6. Add tomato paste and dried mixed herbs and fry together for 3 minutes.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and seasoning (1 teaspoon at a time until desired taste is reached) and cook for 10 minutes.
  8. Add pre-cooked beans and mix in with tomato sauce.
  9. Leave to cook together for a further 15 minutes before turning heat off.
  10. May serve with rice, plantain, yam etc.

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