Lion Stew


Country of origin: Sierra Leone. Otherwise known as Palava Sauce or Trouble Sauce, similar dishes may be found in a number of West African countries including Ghana and Nigeria.

A rich mixture of spinach and fish in a bright sauce.

Serves 4.


2 large
cooking onions
large tomatoes
red hot chili peppers
250 g
thick cut cooked ham
tuna steak
250 g
frozen prawns
750 g
frozen spinach
15 ml
sunflower oil
30 ml
FAIRTRADE turmeric
100 gm
pumpkin seeds



Thaw the prawns with hot water.

Thaw the spinach if using frozen.

Grind the pumpkin seeds in a coffee grinder.

Skin and chop fine the onions.


Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onions until golden. Add the tomatoes, pepper to taste and the chillies (hot peppers).

Add the turmeric and simmer cook for 5 minutes.

Add the diced tuna, cooked ham and thawed prawns.

Simmer for 15 minutes.

Add pumpkin seeds and simmer for a further 15 minutes.

To serve

Serve with boiled rice and root vegetables.


Reduce the chili pepper input as necessary.

Use a can of chopped peeled tomatoes in place of fresh.

Use fresh spinach if available (3 to 4 huge bunches), wash and chop removing the stems.