Red Red with Fried Plantains Recipe

A traditional Red Red recipe featuring black eyed peas and a side of fried plantains.



Summer 2013

  • Red Red is often served with a side of fried plantains.
    Photo by Wendy Kiang-Spray

Yield: 4 servings

Red Red is a traditional, spicy, black-eyed pea stew named for the red of the palm oil, tomatoes, and hot peppers. It’s a favorite casual lunch dish in Ghana where it’s usually served with fried ripe plantains, also known as red plantains. Red palm oil has a distinct flavor and has recently been touted to have significant health benefits. Natural food markets may carry sustainably sourced red palm oil from free trade companies, but my local stores have not been reliably stocked. African or international grocery stores typically carry the oil.


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