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Today, I decided to try this ayamase/ ofada stew, its a classic Nigerian dish.

Making this stew was quite difficult and not something I would advise you to attempt unless you have an empty house. It is made with something called palm oil, which can create a smokey environment once heated.

Ingredients:

  • 500g of Beef
  • 4 large green bell peppers
  • 4 small scotch peppers
  • 2 large onions
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 125ml palm oil

Seasonings: Salt, Maggi cubes, coconut oil.

Instructions:

1. Boil the 500g of chopped beef in lightly salted water with 1-2 maggi cubes. Boil until soft and tender.

2. While the beef is cooking chop up onions and peppers, get 125ml of water, pour it into a blender and then add the chopped vegetables then blend.

3.Once done, pour the mixture into a small saucepan/pot and let it cook until all the water has evaporated. When it has dried, place aside for later use. Some other recipes suggest pouring vegetable oil in during this process, but I feel guilty enough using palm oil, so I decided not to.

4. Now, get the pieces of cooked boiled beef ( or any other sort of meat you may choose to use) and lightly fry with coconut oil  in a pan. Once brown and cooked, place the meat aside.

5. In a separate pan, heat up your palm oil. Palm oil smokes very easily when heated so do not be afraid. However, I would advise having both windows and doors open if you can, you need to heat the palm oil so that it goes from a  bright red/orange to a yellow/brown.

6. Once the palm is brown, pour the blended pepper mixture into the palm oil, then add the pieces of beef and some salt for taste.

6. Leave to simmer for fifteen minutes on low heat and then voila! Enjoy xx image

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