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Classic African Vegetable Cowpeas Recipe

Classic African Cowpeas Recipe
Cowpea originated in Africa

The cowpea is used both as a vegetable and grain. Dried and fresh cowpeas are cooked together with other vegetables to make a thick soup, or ground into a meal or paste. Fresh leaves of the cowpea plant are often picked and eaten in the same way as spinach.

Cowpeas for sale in Ibadan Nigeria
Cowpeas for sale in Ibadan Nigeria

Classic African Vegetable Cowpeas Recipe

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Cowpeas are grown throughout the tropics and subtropics and has become a part of the diet of about 110 million people. West and Central Africa is the leading cowpea producing region in the world; this region produces 64 percent of the estimated 3 million tons of cowpeas produced annually. Nigeria is the world’s leading cowpea producing country, followed by Brazil. Other cowpeas producing countries in Africa are South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso. Ghana, Niger, and Cameroon. Cowpea is a higher drought-tolerant crop than many other crops.


Easy Cowpeas Recipe


Ingredients
2 cups frozen cowpeas or crowder peas
2 large red tomatoes diced
1 large red onion finely chopped
2 red bell pepper finely chopped
1 tablespoon palm oil
1 hot pepper chopped
2 large very ripe plantain

Directions
In a large pot, stir-fry onions, plantains, tomatoes, and peppers in palm oil, on low heat. After about five minutes, pour the beans into stir-fried ingredients. Stir simmer for another 5 minutes, on low heat. Serve over rice.

Cowpeas for sale in South Africa
Cowpeas for sale in South Africa

More about Cowpea recipes

In West Africa where cowpea is very popular and a staple food, utilisation in family menus has advanced. For instance, in Ghana it is used to fortify cassava, plantain, cereal-based meals and yoghurt. In Nigeria, cowpea paste can be boiled or fried to produce a popular meal known as moinmoin that is served with rice during ceremonies, and akara served for breakfast. It is envisaged that cowpea meals can be served with various popular maize meals, custard, bread, pap and rice in South Africa.

Did you know?
English - crowder pea, bachapin bean, black-eye bean or pea, cowgram, southern pea
Afrikaans - akkerboon, swartbekboon, boontjie, koertjie, dopboontjie
Setswana - dinawa, nawa-ea-setswana
isiZulu - imbumba, indumba, isihlumaya
Scientific name - Vigna unguiculata

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Cowpea flower buds

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