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Warri Mama Put Stew

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.

Spice and cook goat meat. (use seasoning cubes, onion slices, salt, curry and thyme).

Do same with the beef, chicken and turkey meat. Cook all the meats but use only the stock of the goat meat and poultry. The stock for the liver, kidney, heart should be discarded.

Blend onion, tatashey, tomato, pepper and some crayfish together. (You can make it a smooth paste or not too smooth).

Then cook in a pot until the water dries out. Set aside.

Now, in hot vegetable oil, fry beef, chicken, goat meat and turkey. Please do not fry the innards like liver, kidney, tripe etc.

Na so! Fry till it is a bit dry. Well fried meat comes out great in stews.

Pour some oil into a pot, add sliced onions. Wait for it to brown slightly.

Then add the steamed tomato paste. Cook for 5 minutes, making sure to always stir to avoid burning.

Follow up with the tinned tomato paste. Stir fry for 2 minutes.

Add the fried meats.

The ponmo, kideney, tripes, liver et al.

Mix together nicely. Looking gooood huh?!

Pour in the goat meat and poultry stock. (The stocks are thick from the cooking).

Blend gently. Chei! Someone shout Hallelujah!!! Add some more salt and seasoning if needed.

You can now add your fried fish (if using) and boiled eggs. Cover with the lid and cook with low heat until the oil separates from the paste.

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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.

Warri Mama Put Stew
Tomato stew cooked with an assortment of meats. Typical to the people from the Niger-delta region of Nigeria.
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
  1. Goat meat
  2. Chicken
  3. Turkey
  4. Tripe
  5. Ponmo
  6. Round about
  7. Liver
  8. Beef
  9. Abodi
  10. Eggs (boiled)
  11. Fish (fried)
  12. Kidney etc.
  13. Soft tomatoes
  14. Pepper
  15. Onions ( for blending with the paste, cooking meats and making the stew)
  16. Tatashey
  17. Curry powder (for cooking the meat)
  18. Thyme (for cooking the meat)
  19. Tinned tomatoes (enough)
  20. Vegetable oil (as you like)
  21. Crayfish (not too much)
  22. Seasoning cubes
  23. Salt
  1. Spice and cook meats.
  2. Blend tomatoes, pepper, onion, tatashey, crayfish and steam in a pot until the water evaporates.
  3. Fry the goat, beef, and poultry meats till a bit dry.
  4. In a pre-heated pot, add vegetable oil. Fry onion slices until it browns slightly.
  5. Pour in the steamed tomato mix. Cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the tinned tomato. Stir fry for 2 minutes.
  7. Add fried meats and steamed meats and mix.
  8. Pour the (goat and poultry) meat stock and blend in nicely.
  9. Add seasoning if you wish.
  10. Follow up with fried fish and boiled eggs.
  11. Cover and cook until the oil separates from the sauce.
  1. * Please do not use the meat stock derived from offal (innards). They don't taste too pleasant.
  2. * The crayfish can be optional.
Adapted from Mummy Queen's Archives
Adapted from Mummy Queen's Archives
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35 thoughts on “Warri Mama Put Stew”

  1. Matse this is lovely. I feel like licking my screen. heading to the market after work to buy the ingredients. you are too much matse, just too much.

  2. Wow! Matse may God bless u. As tmrw is my birthday I am trying this instead of the normal rice and stew. U just found a FAN in me. Thanks

  3. Tnk u so much Matse,although am on admission bed at d hospital,ur delicacies give me hope DAT we am discharged,I can try some new recipes at home.God bless u

  4. Matse, thank you so much for this recipe! The stew really comes out delicious. I have used this recipe twice already. My husband loved it and said, the frame of mind I was in when I made this stew, I should always be in that frame of mind for all subsequent stews I will be cooking, lol. The best part, my stew is done in less than 30 mins. Win-win for me! Thanks again and God bless.

    1. *Hahahahahahaha* 😀 Oh Chichi! Your husband is so funny. Glad you loved the stew and thank you for sharing your feed back. I appreciate it.

  5. Welldone Matse, God bless you for all this wonderful unique recipes/innovations:-)
    I live in South Africa and got to know about u via chefrican on eltv. Have just cooked the mama put stew though with limited ingredients and it came out perfectly well. My family enjoyed it with white rice, I used just fried turkey ( I can imagine what the taste wud have been if I used all the assorted meats you listed here).
    Keep up the good work!!!!!!

  6. Madam Matse, I hail ohhhhhh. As my Nigerian friend would say. This stew is amazing. This is going to be a long review because I have never experienced something like this. So get ready.

    I would have posted this review 30 minutes earlier but I was enjoying eating my stew. I can’t believe I made this in my kitchen. Someone gifted my husband with a whole goat yesterday and it was stored in my freezer. I dreaded cooking it. My stews are always very hit and miss but my darling husband suffers through it when it doesnt work out. Everytime we get goat meat stew, I get it from a caterer. But with the goat in our freezer, what was my excuse to not cook it? Since the goat was a gift, I had to make sure I did justice to it In my husband’s eyes and mouth.

    I looked up several goat meat stew recipes from Google before I settled on yours. I even lost the page 2 times but I knew this was something special. So i found it and got started. I was attracted to the final pic and so glad mine turned out the same. To save you reading, here are 10 bullet points:

    1. When I steamed the tomatoes and I got that rich red colour, I started screaming. I had never experienced anything like this in my kitchen. Ohhhhhh. So that is their secret. All those women with the perfect goat meat stew. No one has ever shared this with me. I kept admiring the steamed tomato and when I tasted it, I couldn’t believe it. I loved the taste of the steamed tomatoes so much that I almost didn’t want to add the tomato paste. But I figured that if I had trusted your recipe to this point, why change it? And I saw the difference when the tomato paste went in. So glad I did.

    2. This is the first time a recipe has looked and tasted just like it promised for me.

    3. At each step, my food looked like your picture. So I knew I was on the right track. I didn’t miss not having the ingredient measurements. I could figure it out though I was initially quite nervous.

    4. When I first started cooking, I noticed that most of the reviews said it looked good but no one came and said they had tried it and it had worked. But I had already started, so I kept going. As I read further below (at which point I was almost done cooking) that I realised there were later reviews from people who ha tried it. It is stellar. It is perfect.

    5. I keep going back into the kitchen to stare at it. I can’t wait till my husband gets home and opens the pot. And even more so, eat it.

    6. This recipe is a keeper. You didn’t just teach me a recipe. You taught me a technique. I am so grateful. I can’t wait to try your other recipes. I pray you have one for Jollof.

    7. What is Tatashie ? Please respond. Is it the pepper? Whatever it is, I am sure I must have added it because the stew was perfect.

    8. I added the stock before putting in the meat into the stew. I thought I could blend it in easier and taste it for any necessary changes before the meat went in.

    9. My husband has bought a tall tube of thyme and I never knew what to do with it. Now I know. I could tell the difference in my steamed meat. Previously, every time I used thyme, my food ended up being a disaster. Not this time. Thank you for the confidence I have when my husband tastes his dinner tonight. I am sure other women can relate when your cooking doesn’t turn out as expected and you are embarrassed for your husband to eat it.

    10. Again, I hail ohhhhhhhh. Thank you, thank you. Blessings and love. Will share this recipe with all the women in my family.

  7. Wow can’t wait to try this! Am so happy I found your site, I feel like I can now make different nigerian dishes with the help of your site.

  8. Whaoooo…..Matse, Atshe, Watse….. i could not have missed you and this FANTASTIC Warri Mama-put Stew… i’m yet to try it but i’m already salivating….whaoo….where did you get all the se AWESOME Glorious ideas from? I’m so proud of you my dear….

    Just if you’re wondering, this is Priscilla, your neighbour, friend to Loveth Ubanatu and sister to Franca Edhebure….hope you do remember….

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