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Stewed Black Eyed Beans with Sweet Potato Chips - Sierra Leonean Recipe

Hello and welcome to The Cooking Wardrobe.  A few friends have been asking me to share a vegetarian recipe, so today in cooking, I am doing a black eye bean dish which is very popular in Sierra Leone.  It is normally cooked with peanut or palm oil, however I am using olive oil for the beans, and vegetable oil to fry the potatoes.  
2 cups black eye beans, 1 tbs tomato paste, 3 medium sized fresh tomatoes, 2 habanero chilies, 1 medium sized brown onions, 1 large sweet potato, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 stock cubes, 8 cups water, 3 cups vegetable oil.
In a large sauce pan, add washed beans and 8 cups of waters and cook over high heat till all of the water is absorbed. It took about 40 minutes.
Beans will look like this when cooked. Remove and set aside
In another sauce pan, over high heat, fry chopped onions, chilies, and fresh tomatoes in olive oil for 8 minutes.
Now add tomato paste and stock cubes and cook for 5 minutes.
Lower heat, thoroughly mix through beans and simmer for 5 minutes.
That's the beans done.
Peel and chop potato
Deep fry in vegetable oil till golden brown
Drain on paper towel
I served it with buttered wholegrain toast.  Enjoy


  1. One of my favorite dishes is the beans stew. I cook it most of the time, but i eat mine with fried ripe plantains. Will try the sweet potatoes next time. Another delish meal Elsie. :-)


    1. Thank you Missy May, we do ripe plantains in Sierra Leone as well as sweet potatoes. :-)

  2. That looks absolutely delicious and being a vegetarian I'm definitely going to give it a go. Thanks for sharing! xxxx

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  4. Sounds sooooooo perfect, ahhhhhhhhhhhh
    Right I am coming over for dinner.
    I wish

    1. I wish you could too my dear Sacramento. Happy weekend. xxxxxx

  5. I've just had to promise myself to read your cooking posts only after I've eaten ... it's late night here, I've got the late night munchies big-time, and this recipe looks SOOOOO good.
    Just put your blog on my home-page blog list so I can keep better track of your posts!

  6. Do you know you are causing too much problem for our tummy? Because anytime you check that blog and see some of the food you get tempted to run to the shops and grab all the ingredients and rush to the kitchen. That was nice. Sis sal

  7. Thanks Aunty Elise u hav save my life. I use all ur recipe and they so delicious. I am from Sierra Leone too but left there wen I was 10. my husband love African food and you hav all the recipes plz keep the good work. God bless


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