Ghanaian Food Recipes; How to Make Black-eyed Bean Dumplings

The Black-eyed bean dumplings is the local food of the Ghanaians. Ghana, traditionally known as “The Warrior King” is a historic country in the western part of Africa. It was inhabited in the pre-colonial period by the ancient kingdoms, such as the Inland Empire of the Ashanti, GaAdangbes on the eastern coast, and some Fante states along the inland and coast.

The Republic of Ghana is one of the few African countries that are very productive in terms of agriculture. In fact, it was one of the top producers of cocoa in recent years. Generally, Ghana is rich when it comes to agriculture. Some of the numerous agricultural products of Ghana include coconut, mango, plantain, grapefruit, and avocado.

Black-eyed bean dumplings

In this article, we will consider 2 major traditional dishes of Ghana for your enjoyment.

Steamed Black-eyed Bean Dumplings


  • 1 Maggi cube
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • A tablespoon of ground crayfish or prawns optional
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1/2 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 120ml groundnut oil
  • 2 hot chilies Scotch Bonnet
  • 300g black-eyed beans


Soak the beans overnight for it to become tender. Drain the beans the next day and crush lightly with a potato masher or rolling pin to loosen the skin. Firmly rub the beans between your hands in order to remove the skins. Pour in a bowl with a lot of water. Swirl and allow the mixture to cool. Sieve the skin that floats on top of the water. Continue to repeat this step until the skins are totally removed. 

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Put your processed beans in a container and add onion, chilies, tomato paste, and salt. Grind the mixture using a mortar, grinder, or food processor into a smooth paste. Add your curry powder, Maggi cube, and your powdered crayfish (if any). Stir together and wrap 2 tablespoons of the mixture in banana leaves, milk tin or corn husk. Tie the package securely a place in the steamer. Leave the package to steam over boiling water for about 50 minutes or until the mixture is firm together. Your black-eyed bean dumplings is ready!

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Tomato and Okra with Sliced Eggs


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon hot chili powder
  • 120ml groundnut oil
  • 300g okra stemmed and sliced into rings
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 650g cooked rice
  • Salt, to taste


Pour your oil into a frying pan and heat. Add onions, okra, tomatoes, salt, and chili powder and then boil. Reduce to a simmer and then cook for about 20 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally and add water if needed.


It is almost impossible to detail the entire culinary flavor of Ghana with these 2 recipes. However, we hope you enjoy this Black-eyed bean dumplings Ghanaian dish!

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