Red Red & Ub4o
The first time I heard Red Red, I thought it was the short form for the music Red Red wine by UB40. Not until I found out it was beans. Laugh all you want 🙂 I’m sure a lot of you reading probably have the song red red wine playing in your head right about now 🙂 We all have our dumb moments jare.
Red Red is a simple Ghanaian dish made with black eyed peas(beans) and palm oil. According to the Ghanaians I spoke to, it’s name is gotten from the use of palm oil which gives it, it’s distinctive color.
It’s so funny as I have been eating this dish all my life and recently started making it for myself and my ajebutters without knowing that it was the famous red red beans 🙂
I have always celebrated the similarities between Ghana and Nigeria. As different as we seem, we tend to eat the same foods; only named differently. Well, except jollof rice…Nigeria does have the best jollof rice recipe on the planet *tongue out.
I have made this recipe using different types of beans but my ultimate favorite was with the African honey beans. Although I do not like beans, the honey beans is more tolerable for me. And it tastes better too!
ginger to taste
salt to taste
wash beans and bring to a boil. drain and rinse; then boil again until soft.
Heat oil, slice in onions. fry until translucent. Add the crayfish and stir for a minute. Add the tomatoes and ginger and fry until the oil floats to the top. Stir in salt and or bouillon along with the habaneros. Stir and let it soak for another 3 minutes. Add the beans to the pot or pour the sauce into the beans. Reduce the heat and combine until the oil has coated every bean seed. After about 3 minutes, remove from the heat and serve with fried plantains.