Dry Iru/Locust Beans/Dawadawa
Sold as 125 dry, Our Iru is typically 300g upon soaking/hydration
Dried locust beans, also known as iru or dawadawa, are a popular ingredient used in African cuisine, particularly in West Africa. They have a distinct aroma and flavor that adds depth and richness to dishes. Here’s how you can use dried locust beans in your cooking:
- Soaking: Before using dried locust beans, they need to be soaked to soften them and remove any excess salt. Place the desired amount of beans in a bowl of water and let them soak for at least 30 minutes or longer. You can also change the water a couple of times during soaking to help reduce the saltiness.
- Grinding: Once the beans are soaked, you can grind them to a paste or blend them in a food processor. This step helps to break down the beans and release their flavors more easily when added to dishes. You can add a little water to facilitate the grinding process.
- Flavoring Soups and Stews: Dried locust beans are commonly used to flavor soups, stews, and sauces in African cooking. Add a spoonful or two of the ground beans to your desired recipe while it’s cooking. The beans will infuse the dish with their distinct flavor and aroma, enhancing the overall taste.
- Seasoning Vegetables: Dried locust beans can also be used to season and add depth to vegetable dishes. Saute your vegetables of choice and add a spoonful of the ground beans towards the end of cooking. Stir well to distribute the flavor evenly.
- Spice Blends: Ground dried locust beans can be combined with other spices and seasonings to create flavorful spice blends. Mix them with ingredients like dried peppers, onions, garlic, and ginger to make a versatile seasoning that can be used in various dishes.
- Remember, dried locust beans have a strong and intense flavor, so it’s best to start with a small amount and adjust according to your taste preferences. Also, be mindful of the saltiness, as some dried locust beans can be quite salty even after soaking.