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Perfect Ghanaian Tomato Stew

Ghanaian Tomato Stew

Loaded with the richness and slight tanginess of tomatoes,  this Ghanaian tomato stew is everything you need to enjoy the goodness of any savory recipes and dishes. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 Servings


  • Stock pot


  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Bell Pepper: We used half of red and half of orange
  • 6 Tomatoes On the vine; Or 2 can 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 Tbsp. Shrimp Powder
  • 1 Cup Canola Oil
  • 6 Oz. Tomato Paste
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp. Ginger Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Dry Shrimp Powder Optional
  • 2 ½ Tsp. Curry Powder


  • Chop the onions, wash, and drain the water. Set aside. Peel the garlic and set aside.
    Cut half of the bell peppers and remove the seeds. We used 1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper. Wash the tomatoes, pat dry and cut into quarters. Drain the tomatoes and set aside.
    Blend the ingredients until smooth.
    In a large stock pot, add in the oil over medium heat. Once heated through, add the tomato mixture. Begin stirring occasionally as it will begin to splash.
    Cover the pot slightly and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the tomato paste, continue to stir until well incorporated.
    Ghanaian Tomato Stew Step by step
  • Add the seasoning (ginger, bay leaves, salt, and curry powder) stir well to combine, then add the shrimp powder. Stir well to combine, cover, and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally to avoid burning.
    Meanwhile add 1 cup of water to the blender. Stir the water around so that the remaining tomato and onion are incorporated in the water. Set it aside.
    3 minutes before the 20 minutes are up, pour the water mixture in the tomato mixture. Stir well. Work fast as you do not want the tomato mixture to splash too much. Once the 20 minutes are up, stir well.
    Reduce the heat to medium low. Cover halfway and continue to simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes. The stew is complete once you see the oil on the top of the tomatoes. Remove the stew from the stove and serve warm with rice, plantains, and meat. Enjoy.
    Perfect Ghanaian Tomato Stew



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