One of the most eaten delicacies in Nigeria is stew and it comes in varieties having slight modifications in different parts of the country. There is hardly a restaurant you walk into that doesn’t have this side dish on their menu. If you don’t have stew on your menu, then you are not ready for business as it goes well with staples like yam, rice, plantain, potatoes etc.
It is easy to prepare and very versatile…you can make it with fish, meat, mushrooms, snails, sea food and many more. I love to change my stew recipes as I easily get tired of the same old tatse, so I explore…using all sorts of meat and vegetables from time to time.
For this stew, I am using fermented locust beans which has a not too pleasant smell but is highly delicious. It will change your stewing experience. 🙂 Hold on, this is not the Yoruba Ayamashe but is similar.
Now, let’s get cooking!
Blend tomatoes, pepper, red bell pepper (tatashey) and onion roughly with little to no water.
Yep! Just like this. 🙂
Pour into a pot and cook till the juice dries out.
Dice your well spiced and cooked assorted meats (In Nigeria, we season meat with onions,seasoning, salt, ginger, garlic and cook until the meat is done).
Exclude and fry the diced beef until it browns.
Then add some thinly sliced onions to the pan and stir fry with the beef until is browns a little.
Add the steamed tomatoes/pepper/onion to the pan, stir and allow to cook for a few minutes. Then add a satchet of tomato paste and allow to cook some more.
Now add the taste changer, the Iru (fermented locust beans). These beans change the taste of the stew, giving it depth and richness. Let it cook for a while blending thoroughly with the sauce.
Now add the sliced assorted meats, some meat stock, seasoning and add salt to taste. reduced the heat and allow to simmer until you get a very thick and dense stew.
Enjoy with steamed rice, spaghetti, fried plantain etc.
Here is a handy printable for your use.
- 6 tomatoes
- Habanero pepper (as needed)
- 3 red bell pepper/ Tatashey (seeds removed)
- 1 onion
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- Assorted meats (cooked and diced)
- 1 satchet tomato paste
- 1/2 cup Iru (fermented locust beans)
- Seasoning (as needed)
- Salt to tatse.
- 1. Roughly blend tomatoes, peppers and onion.
- 2. Steam to remove the juice.
- 3. Dice the steamed meats.
- 4. Add oil to a preheated pan, fry the diced beef if using.
- 5. Add some sliced onion and fry until a bit brown.
- 6. Now add the steamed tomatoes et al and cook for a while. Follow up with the sachet tomato paste and cook some more.
- 7. Add the slightly rinsed locust beans. Stir in and allow to cook for a while.
- 8. Finally pour in the assorted meats, some meat stock. Season and add salt to taste. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer until you see the stock reduce, leaving a dense, dark stew.
- * Serve with steamed rice, spaghetti, fried plantain etc.