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Varo Jollof Rice with BLACK BEAN STEW

Varo Jollof Rice with BLACK BEAN STEW

Whether you’re looking for a hearty vegan dish or something delicious to take the edge off those chilly summer nights, black bean stew is certain to satisfy your taste buds. Cooked with exciting spices and served with our Jollof Rice, this easy-to-make recipe is certain to become a favourite!

  • 3tbsp palm oil or vegetable oil 
  • 1 onion, diced 
  • 400g tinned chopped tomatoes 
  • 1 red pepper, diced 
  • 1 tablespoon ginger 
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced  
  • ½ scotch bonnet, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon bouillon powder (optional) / ground crayfish powder*
  • 2 tins black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 500ml vegetable stock 
  • salt and pepper as needed 
  • 2 pouches Varo Jollof Rice  
  • 2 Spring Onions, finely sliced 


  • Heat oil (palm or vegetable) in a large saucepan over medium heat until hot. Sauté the onions in the oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring often and scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. 
  • Add tomatoes, red pepper, ginger, garlic, scotch bonnet, paprika, bouillon powder or (crayfish powder if using) and simmer gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Finally add the beans and the remaining stock/water and bring to a boil and then let it simmer for all the flavours to come together for about 15 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning. 
  • Meanwhile, heat rice as directed on the package. Serve stew with rice. 
  • Garnish with finely sliced spring onion. 


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