Friday 26 March 2021

Lentils in the Style of Ewa Riro (Nigerian Stewed Beans)

Ewa Riro is the Yoruba name for one-pot stewed beans. The honey beans (also known as oloyin beans) are soaked overnight and then boiled for what can seem like hours until very tender/mushy. It is then cooked with palm oil and often a blend of red peppers and tomatoes. I have a recipe post for that if you want to check it out. 

But this post here is for my fellow lazy home cooks who can't be bothered (sometimes) to make Ewa from scratch. Red lentils are a great alternative because they take a fraction of the time. If you're into meal prep, I recommend making a big batch of this and freezing portions of this to have during the week.

Serve with a side of sweet fried plantain and you've got a winning dish on your hands.


(serves 6-8)

- 4 cups red lentils

- 4 cups red stew mix

- 1 cup warm water

- 2 tablespoons palm oil or coconut oil

- salt to taste


Combine all the ingredients in a large pot and cook on medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes until the lentils are tender and the sauce has thickened slightly.

Serve hot with a side of fried plantain, a chunk of soft bread or a sprinkling of garri over the top.

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