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Ofada Stew





INGREDIENTS:

  • Large red bell pepper (tatashe)

  • Crushed chilli flakes

  • Locust beans (iru woro)

  • Salt to taste

  • Chicken bouillon Powder: substitutes for beef or vegetable bouillon.

  • Vegetable oil: substitutes with palm oil or a mixture of both

  • large onion

  • Ground crayfish (optional)

  • Pre-cooked chopped assorted meat of choice



INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Chop the onions, boil the eggs, peel and set aside, wash and rinse the locust beans, deseed the red bell peppers, rinse and place on a baking tray, spray little oil on it and roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or till a little bit charred (but not burnt) once it is done to your satisfaction, add to a blender with some chopped onions (reserve some for later) or food processor and blend coarsely. Place a pan on a medium heat and leave till hot (check that the pot is dry too) Add the vegetable oil (or palm oil) and leave to bleach for about 5 minutes or longer (this stage is optional, leave longer if using palm oil) and please remember to keep the kitchen ventilated when doing this.

  • This stage is also optional; you can fry the chopped meat in the oil or grill for a healthier option. If you choose to do the first, remove the meat from the oil once fried and drain on a paper towel. Add chopped onions to the hot oil and stir carefully (the onions will infuse with the oil) add the blended pepper and locust beans to the oil. Be careful at this point as the pepper might splatter if the oil is too hot. Add the chilli flakes and stir to combine. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes, add boiled eggs and ground crayfish. Stir carefully into the stew and leave to cook for another 15 minutes on medium heat. Check at intervals and stir to avoid burning, add salt and seasoning to taste. Add the chopped assorted meat and stir carefully into the stew (Just look at those eggs and say hmnnnn, ama get you soon. Lol)

  • Cook for another 7-12 minutes and by this time oil should be floating on the surface of the stew. Check for salt, seasoning and adjust accordingly. Decant oil and serve your stew with fluffy ofada rice or plain white rice. Oh yes, you can thank me later. Wink wink

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