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

Kontomire stew is a local Ghanaian stew that can be eaten with a lot of meals including rice, yam, plantain, among others. It is delicious and can be cooked with various recipes. Here is the recipe for Kontomire stew prepared the Ghanaian way.

Kontomire stew


  • Red oil
  • Onion
  • Stinking fish (Momone)
  • Fish
  • Powdered pepper
  • Fresh tomatoes; Tomato paste (optional)
  • Kontomire
  • Turkey berries (Kwahu nsusua)
  • Salt 

Pre-cooking prep:

  • Wash and slice onion into strips
  • Wash salted fish and fish
  • Chop tomatoes and store in a separate bowl
  • Wash and chop kontomire into little strips and boil over low heat for about 5-10 minutes
  • Boil turkey berries and blend 


  • Pour a considerable amount of red oil into a saucepan and put on fire
  • Put a piece of stinking fish (momone) into the oil till it dissolves 
  • Put sliced onions into the oil till they turn slightly brown and add powdered pepper. Add a little water and stir
  • Pour your chopped tomatoes into the mixture and bring to a boil over high heat till it looks stewed 
  • You can add tomato paste at this point if you want. Allow the mixture to boil some more and add your fish
  • After about 5-10 minutes add blended turkey berries and stir
  • Add boiled kontomire strips bit by bit and stir till it mixes evenly with the rest of the stew
  • Add salt to taste and allow to simmer over low heat for a few more minutes
  • Your Palava sauce is ready to be served


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