Prepare time: 40 min
Cook: 1 hr 5 min
Ready in: 1 hr 45 min

Red-red stew is a popular dish in Ghana, and it is normally made vegetarian.Β Red-red is a Ghanaian stew made from beans, and it gets the red color from the red palm oil that they use to prepare the stew, and most places it will also be prepared with tomato paste. It is most common to find it with black eyed beans, but any beans will do.


  • 250 grams dry black eyed beans
  • 2.5 dl palm oil (the red type)
  • 4 red onions, medium sized
  • 1 small box tomato paste
  • 1-2 red chili
  • 2-3 cm fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 2-3 dl water
  • 2-3 teaspoonful of salt
  • pinch of sugar (optional)


  1. Wash and boil the beans for about 30 minutes or till soft. Drain them and put aside.
  2. Add the palm oil and chopped onions in a pan, and boil for about 15 minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste and chopped chili, ginger and garlic, then chopped tomatoes, water, salt and a pinch of sugar.
  4. Let it boil for about 30 minutes, then add the drained beans.
  5. Bring to boil, and let it rest for about 15 minutes.
  6. Add more spices and salt to taste.
  7. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes
  8. Red-red is ready to be served. preferably when warm.

(In the traditional cooking in Ghana the onion, chili, ginger, garlic and tomatoes will be grounded to a smooth paste.)

Red-Red Stew Can be Served Over:

  1. Plantain
  2. Rice
  3. Fresh vegetables such as avocados and tomatoes depending on the choice of the individual.

If you have access to plantain: remove the peel, and chop the plantain in small pieces. Use your favorite oil to fry the banana until soft with a brownish color. Remove them from the oil, and drain on a kitchen paper and sprinkle with salt and other spices if you wish.
you can also serve with chilled soft drink.