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Locust Beans Fried Pepper Stew (Ata Iru)

Locust beans stew | Image: Sisi Jemimah

Adding locust beans to your fried pepper stew will leave you amazed by the taste.
African locust bean is a rich black strong-smelling seasoning and is primarily used as a seasoning for food. In this recipe, we will show you how to prepare locust beans for pepper stew.



  • 4 tbsp Palm oil
  • 1 tbsp locust beans (Iru)
  • Onions (chopped)
  • Sauce (Red bell pepper, tomatoes, scotch bonnet pepper and onions)
  • Dry fish
  • Smoked Turkey
  • Seasoning cube
  • Salt


    1. Wash locust beans and set aside
    2. Roughly blend your sauce and set aside.
    3. Heat a pan on medium heat and add palm oil. Allow to heat for 2 mins
    4. Gently add the chopped onions and blended sauce. Cover the pot and allow to cook for 2 to 3 mins
    5. Add seasoning cube, crayfish (optional), salt, locust beans and mix and cook for another 5 minutes
    6. After 5 minutes, add your fish and turkey and stir gently. Remember to taste and add more seasoning and salt if necessary. Cover and allow to cook for another 5 mins.


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