If you are from Warri and as a young girl, loved to shop for cosmetics at Main market, Warri. You can attest to the wickedness of this stew. This stew na fire! Found at the main entrance of Main market.
The difference between the Warri Mama put stew and the Lagos buka stews is that the Warri Mama put uses all types of meat…goat meat, turkey, chicken, beef, tripe, liver, ponmo, fish, boiled eggs etc It is a celebration of animals! Warri men love to eat meat. In short, the amount of meat you eat is a status symbol. *hahaha* 😀
Onos na big bros o! See a many meat e dey cccchop! 😀
The Lagos buka stew mainly uses some parts of a cow or goat meat. The Warri Mama Put for extra uniqueness of taste adds a bit of blended dried crayfish for oomph.
The Lagos buka stew is light in consistency but the Warri Mama put makes hers thick. A little can go a long way.
I can remember salivating while looking into the huge pot of stew. It could make you think of becoming an armed robber…conjuring images in your mind.
Robber: “Oya Madam! Carry di pot gimme!”
Warri Mama Put: “Shuo! You serious?!”
Robber: You tink sey I dey play? Oya submit di pot na na!
Warri Mama Put: ” Eeeeeh! Una come o! Warriiiiii! Una come o! *Robber grabs the pot and runs away with passers-by in hot pursuit* 😀
Don’t mind me 🙂 I have a penchant for veering off the topic at hand.
Now, let’s show you Warri Mama Put’s magic.
Let me warn you! I am not giving measurements for this recipe. Just follow the magic.
Serve with rice, yam, plantain, potato, pasta, mixed with steamed okra for side dishes like eba, pounded yam, fufu etc.
Here’s a handy printable.
- Goat meat
- Round about
- Eggs (boiled)
- Fish (fried)
- Kidney etc.
- Soft tomatoes
- Onions ( for blending with the paste, cooking meats and making the stew)
- Curry powder (for cooking the meat)
- Thyme (for cooking the meat)
- Tinned tomatoes (enough)
- Vegetable oil (as you like)
- Crayfish (not too much)
- Seasoning cubes
- Spice and cook meats.
- Blend tomatoes, pepper, onion, tatashey, crayfish and steam in a pot until the water evaporates.
- Fry the goat, beef, and poultry meats till a bit dry.
- In a pre-heated pot, add vegetable oil. Fry onion slices until it browns slightly.
- Pour in the steamed tomato mix. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the tinned tomato. Stir fry for 2 minutes.
- Add fried meats and steamed meats and mix.
- Pour the (goat and poultry) meat stock and blend in nicely.
- Add seasoning if you wish.
- Follow up with fried fish and boiled eggs.
- Cover and cook until the oil separates from the sauce.
- * Please do not use the meat stock derived from offal (innards). They don't taste too pleasant.
- * The crayfish can be optional.