How To Cook Authentic Nigerian Red Stew
The Nigerian stew is a special type of stew prepared and eaten all over that country.
It is a unique blend of tomato, onion, fresh red hot pepper, fried in vegetable oil and to which meat, or fish or a combination of both is added, with some seasonings. It is often called Nigerian tomato stew or Nigerian red stew to reflect the ingredient or the look of the stew.
It leaves a red, excitingly spicy stew that can be served with boiled white rice, or boiled yam or boiled plantain. It can also be served with grated fresh cooked okra and eaten with pounded yam or eba. Hm mm.
Nigerian stew comes in the following forms:
- Nigerian beef stew
- Nigerian fish stew
- Nigerian goat stew
- Nigerian chicken stew or
- Nigerian spinach stew
depending on what type of meat, fish or vegetable is used in making it.
Sometimes, other Nigerian soups are referred to as stew, like banga soup (palm nut fruit soup, popularly called "ofe akwu" by the Ibgos), and even egusi soup as well. But in the strict sense of the word in Nigerian parlance, these are soups and not stew - to the English man, (or woman), they will qualify to be described as stew though, like all other African soups.
We shall now proceed to describe the authentic Nigerian stew recipe.
Nigerian Stew Recipe: The Ingredients
- Tomatoes...........3 Medium Cans of (Italian) Chopped or 800g of fresh red tomatoes
- Fresh pepper.........2 to 3 balls
- Red Onions...........2 medium sized onion
- Red hot dried pepper (ground) - 1 to 2 teaspoonful
- Derica tomato paste - 70g (1 small can)
- Pure Groundnut or vegetable oil (olive oil can also be used instead)......250mls
- Beef or chicken or goat meat .........1kg
- Maggi cubes(seasoning)........2 to 3 cubes
- Dried Curry Powder..........1 to 2 tablespoonful
- Dried thyme leaf (ground)
- Spinach (optional)..........2 cups full
Preparation Time: 90 Minutes.
Serving: 6 to 8.
Nigerian Stew Recipe: The Cooking Method
Prepare the chicken or meat first. Then, the tomato and pepper sauce.
Obviously, there will be variations to this recipe, but what is described here incorporates the principle of how to cook Nigerian tomato stew.
Remember to use Nonstick Cookware when cooking this recipe. It reduces the chances of your cooking getting burnt.
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