How to prepare Kontomire stew (Palava sauce) the Ghanaian way

Kontomire stew is indeed a dish that Ghana takes pride in.

Kontomire stew (Palava sauce)

This recipe is an easy procedure that can easily be applied at home.


15 Kontomire leaves

4-6 small tomatoes


¼ cup of turkey berries

3 med onions


2 med smoked salmon

1 cup melon seeds (Akatoa, Egusi, Agushie)


½ cup of palm oil

Momoni (Salted fish) optional

2 tsp grounded shrimp

Salt to taste


  • Soak melon seeds in water, set aside. Wash Kontomire leaves with a generous amount of salt to prevent itching of hands when cutting. Cut Kontomire into desired stripes. Put the cut Kotomire into a saucepan with little water and place on high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Turn the Kontomire after about five minutes of cooking to make sure everything is cooked through. Turn off fire and set aside.
  • Blend two onions, tomatoes, pepper and turkey berries together, set aside. Remove the flesh of the salmon, break into two and remove the bones, break into desired sizes, set aside.
  • Wash the soaked melon seeds and put into a blender. Add about ¼ teaspoon salt and just enough water to blend into a paste. Set aside. Slice the remaining onion.
  • Pour palm oil into a medium saucepan, add half of the sliced onions and Momoni if using. Fry till onions are softened. Add the blended tomatoes, onions, turkey berries and pepper. Bring to a simmer on medium heat.
  • Add the salmon, salt and grounded shrimp if using. Cover and let simmer for 7 to 10 minutes till the sauce is bare thickened.
  • Add in the blended melon seeds, cover and reduce heat to low. Let it simmer 8 to 10 minutes or till the blended melon seeds sets. Gently stir in the steamed Kontomire.
  • Add the remaining sliced onions, let simmer for about five minutes till onions are softened.
  • Serve with yam, rice, cocoyam, cassava, plantains or sweet potatoes.

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