‘Palava’ is a broadly West African dish whose name derives from the Portuguese palavra, meaning word or chatter.
According to legend, the name comes from palava’s tendency to cause arguments; when a pot of the stuff is on the table, everyone fights over who gets the largest share!
Easy Bean, a UK company dedicated to spreading love for legumes throughout the land, makes a particularly convenient version of the classic.
Palava with Ease
Traditional recipes for palava can take hours or even days to complete. Easy Bean’s comes in tidy, premade servings that are ready to serve within minutes. Each pot of palava is packed full of free range chicken, sweet potatoes, spinach, peanuts, and plenty of soft brown beans.
With all those good things in the way, there’s no room for unwanted additives, preservatives, artificial colours or flavours, or refined sugar. Plus, their recipe is totally gluten and dairy free. All you have to do is dump the entire contents of the pot into a saucepan and heat until the sauce is nice and steamy.
West African cooks usually serve palava with rice. The rice complements the amino acids in beans to build the complete proteins your body needs. If you’re feeling particularly cheffy, you can also fry up some plantains to serve on the side.