In 2016 and 2017, the price of fresh tomato skyrocketed by 400% within three months; Tuta
However, scarcity of fresh tomatoes did not stop Nigerians from cooking stew. White rice and stew is a traditional Sunday delicacy in most homes; not even tomato scarcity was allowed to mess with this sacred tradition. So, the good people of Nigeria improvised. While some made stew from processed tomatoes, others turned to Yoruba pepper stew popularly known as Obe Ata Din Din or Buka Stew. In fact, pepper stew became so popular at that time that food presenters on radio and television starting dishing out the pepper stew recipe. Today, I bring you the recipe for pepper stew.
Meat (beef, shaki, kpomo)
Red bell peppers (tatashe)
Salt to taste
How to cook
Rinse, spice and cook meat till tender. Set aside for later use. Eggs are optional in pepper stew. If you want to add them, then boil the eggs (they should be hard boiled), peel the shell and set aside. Peel the onions, then rinse together with
Afterwards, place a pot on low heat, pour the palm oil into it and cover it. Covering the pot while bleaching helps to contain the smoke. Let the palm oil bleach for about fifteen minutes. Turn off the heat. Let the oil cool for about five minutes before removing the lid. Put the pot of oil back on fire, add the cooked meat and fry until dry. Scoop them out and set aside. Add the chopped onions and locust bean into the hot oil, sauté for a minute then add the blended pepper mix. Stir and combine, then fry until the mixture loses its sour taste, or until you begin to see the oil rise to the top.
Add the meat stock, crayfish, stock cube and salt. Cover the pot and allow the content to come to a boil. Stir the stew and taste for seasoning. If the taste is satisfactory, turn down the heat and add the fried meat. Stir well; allow the stew to simmer for 5 minute. Add the boiled eggs, stir and turn off the heat.
Your Buka Stew is ready. You can serve this stew with white rice, boiled yam, obe
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