Locust Beans Stew

how to make locust beans stew
Locust beans stew – Obe ata iru. © Jemimah Adebiyi

Locust beans stew recipe – obe ata iru. This traditional local Nigerian stew recipe is one of the most loved Yoruba foods. It’s yummy and healthy. The perfect meaty sauce dish for your family and friends get together. The people’s favourite – packed with local spices and seasonings to give the assorted meat undeniable juicy flavours. Serve with freshly cooked rice or with boiled yam/plantain.

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  • 4 Big Bell Peppers (Tatashe)
  • 2-3 Scotch Bonnet Peppers (Ata Rodo)
  • 1.5 Onions
  • 1 Cup Palm Oil
  • Assorted Meats (Boiled and Fried)
  • 1 Cooking Spoon Locust Beans (Iru)
  • Smoked Fish (Shredded)
  • Stock fish (Shredded)
  • 1 Cooking Spoon Crayfish Powder
  • Boiled Eggs
  • 2 Knorr Chicken Cubes
  • Salt to taste


  1. Blend the Bell Peppers, Scotch Bonner and 1 Onion coarsely, then set aside. Pour the Palm oil into a saucepan, then place on medium heat. When the Oil heats up, add 1/2 chopped onions. Fry for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, add the Locust Beans. Fry for a further 2 minutes.
  2. Then add the Blended Pepper. Also add the Crayfish, Stock Cubes and Salt to taste. Fry for 20 minutes, making sure you stir from time to time to prevent burning. After 20 minutes, the Oil would have settled well on the top of the Stew..
  3. Now, add the Shredded Fish, stir. Then add the fried meats, combine thoroughly. Also add the Boiled eggs.
  4. Turn the heat down to LOW, then leave to fry for an hour. Your Locust Beans Stew is ready!

Original recipe by Jemimah Adebiyi from Sisi Jemimah.

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