The main ingredient for gbegiri is beans. The first choice for most people is the blackeyed beans. However, use any beans you fancy that you can soak and take off the skin. In my family, the honey beans or oloyin in Nigeria was our preferred beans. We used this for moimoi, akara, gbegiri and any recipe that calls for beans. For this recipe, I used already peeled beans. You can find this in any African food shop.
Other ingredients for gbegiri includes palm oil, crayfish, dried fish, iru (locust beans), dried paprika and salt.
As you may have noticed, many of the stews and sauces from Africa, especially from the West and Central parts use palm oil. There has been a lot of negative narratives about palm oil. Palm oil, linked to deforestation, poor working conditions, displacement of communities, the list goes on. For the most part, these negatives are true because of greed and man's inhumanity to man. However, there is another side of the narrative often ignored, and it will be great looking at that other side, from the people where palm oil originated where those negative narratives do not apply. Please check out this post from the Food and Agriculture Organization, and watch the accompanying video, listening to the other side of the narrative before ever you decide to take out palm oil!
I will write a post on palm oil in the future where all of these issues will be addressed. Like any fat and oil, moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle.
Now, we have come to the best part of any recipe post. The how and what to do section. So, let's start cooking.
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