Recipe/ Vegan African/Vegetarian/ vegetarian

Simply Red Red (Popular Ghana Recipe)

Rainbow food series – Red

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3 tbsp palm oil (must, otherwise it’s not “Red Red”)
1 onion
1 inch ginger
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp tomato puree
3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 vegetable, fish or prawn stock cube
1 can adzuki beans
1 can black eye peas (no time for soaking dried beans)
1 scotch bonnet pepper, left whole


1. Heat up the palm oil and fry the onions until golden.
2. Add the garlic, ginger and tomato puree and fry for a minute
3. Add the chopped tomatoes followed by the stock cube and allow to fry and reduce for 10 minutes
4. Add the beans, including bean juice in can. Add the whole scotch bonnet to release flavour without too much heat and bring to a simmer.

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Traditionally enjoyed with fried plantain and a sprinkling of gari.

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    March 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    That looks lovely – my neighbour comes up with stuff like this and lets me try it out (I had never tried plantain before I found him cooking it in his back garden on the BBQ – looks like a banana bit tastes kind of like sweet potato

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      March 9, 2013 at 3:58 am

      Thanks trixfred30! Plantain is a staple in Ghana. I will do a few more recipes soon

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    May 26, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I love this recipe. I’m so excited I found your blog. I lived in Ghana several years ago, and miss red red so much! This recipe really took me back. I can’t wait to try your other recipes. It all looks so delicious. Cheers!

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      May 27, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Hi Robyn,

      Thanks for stopping by, I am glad this has been useful. You must try as many as you fancy then leave a comment for feedback if you like 🙂

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    October 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    This is beautiful. I hope you get the chance to come through Ghana sometime so I can treat you to it right here in the capital if you haven’t been in Ghana yet 🙂

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      November 2, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Thanks Dela. I can’t wait to come to Ghana again. The last time I was there was 2010.

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        November 2, 2013 at 8:26 am

        Great. Just mention it the next time you’re in Accra.

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    Cheryl Kwashie
    June 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Had red red in Ghana was delicious…

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    February 19, 2018 at 12:15 am

    How long should you cook it after adding the beans with the juice? Should allow to just thicken?

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      June 14, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Laura

      Thank you so much for your comment. We have had issues with our site for so long, we didn’t mean to ignore your message. If using canned beans even 10 minutes is ok. Some people like their beans a bit mushy and cook it for longer ?

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