“Palaver Sauce” is sometimes called kontomire stew or “spinach stew.” This is confusing, since “palaver sauce” often contains both beef and (usually smoked) fish and agushi (a Ghanaian melon seed), whereas kontomire stew (see Spinach Stew) is a less complicated version.
Here we give you two ways to make Palaver Sauce. Feel free to adapt either, including creating vegetarian versions, but just be sure to include plenty of greens. True-blue Ghanaians will see that both versions unabashedly omit the seasoning momoni (a pungent fermented fish). Using either version, the resulting stew provides a friendly mix where a lot of interesting ingredients get along very well together without any “palaver.”
This stew goes well with plain rice or boiled yams, plantains (green or ripe), or potatoes.
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