Fish and Vegetarian Bean Pies(Creating Nostalgia)
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Serves: 12
for dough
  • 3 cups of flour
  • ½ a stick of butter(1/4 cup or 4tbsps)(use 1½ sticks if baking)
  • 1 level tsp yeast (or baking powder if baking)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • A pinch of sugar
  • a pinch of nut meg
  • ½ tsp garlic powder(optional)
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp paprika(optional)
  • Water to seal
  • Egg for the egg wash if baking
  • 1cup of luke warm water (or cold water if using baking powder)
  • Oil for frying
for fish filling
  • 1 small can of mackerel in tomato sauce or 2 cans of sardines
  • Half of a small onion
  • 1small habanero (atarodo)
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • A knob or 1tbsp of butter
  • Salt or bouillon to taste
for vegan filling
  • ½ cup of cooked beans
  • ½ a small onion
  • 2 tsps crayfish
  • 1plum tomato
  • 1 habanero (ata rodo)
  • 2tbsps butter
  • Salt or bouillon to taste
  • (Alternatively you could use Nigerian stew)
To prepare the dough, mix all the dry ingredients except for the yeast. Pour the yeast into the water and wait for about 10minutes or until frothy. Gradually pour the water into the dry ingredients and mix gently until you get a medium soft, stretchy dough. (Add more water of hard and more flour if too soft) Cover the dough tightly and place in a warm place for about an hour. After which the dough should rise a little. (skip this step if using baking powder. Simply let the dough rest in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling)
To prepare the fish filling
  1. Heat up the butter, dice in the onion, add the garlic and stir to release the flavor. Drain some of the tomato juice from the fish and add the fish into the pot along with the ata-rodo. Check for seasonings and reduce the heat until the fish is well combined with the butter, onion and garlic. Remove from the heat and set aside
For the bean filling
  1. Heat the butter, add the crayfish. Chop in the onion, tomatoes and ata rodo.
  2. Sauté for about a minute; then add the beans. Stir and mash the beans while combining with the ingredients, check for seasoning; then take off the heat
roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut out whatever shape you prefer, spoon in the filling in increments of teaspoonfuls. Brush water on the edges of the dough; then seal using a fork or your fingers to press down the edges. Do this until all the dough is used up.
  1. If frying, heat up the oil to 350 degrees and fry on medium heat until golden brown and cooked through. If baking, whisk the egg and brush a little on each pie; then bake in a 350 preheated oven. Serve with pepper sauce or eat as is.
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at