June 20, 2010

Efo Riro

Efo Riro (yoruba style vegetable soup)

  
Ingredient
  • Red bell pepper (2)
  • Onion large (1)
  • Scotch Bonnet (1)
  • Spinach fresh bunch (2)
  • Dried African prawns (1 cup)
  • Palm Oil (1cup)
  • Knorr cube(3 cubes)
  • Salt 1 Tsp
  • Locust beans (1tsp)
  • Meat/fish ( a subject of preference) I used Shaki  (tripe), dried cat fish, stock fish, ox tail and ponmo in  featured soup
Preparation
  1. In a blender, combine peppers, scotch bonnet, onions; grate (you don’t want it to be smooth)
  2. Parboil blended pepper for 20mins ( the purpose is to reduce the water)
  3. In a large saucepan, add palm oil. Bleach on medium heat for 30-45 mins. (Have your fan on standby, as this is often smoky) 
  4. From a reasonable distance, pour parboiled pepper into the hot oil
  5. Add 1 tsp salt and 3 knorr cubes
  6. Cover on medium heat for 15 mins, stir at intervals to avoid burning
  7. Wash and cut the spinach, add leftover salt into the spinach
  8. Boil a jug of water; pour over cut spinach (cover for 5 mins then strain. Set aside
  9. Wash Prawns in hot water, add to sauce with your other choices of meat/fish
  10. Add locust beans (optional)
  11. Cook for another 10mins
  12. Add prepared spinach
  13. Stir, taste for salt n seasoning
  14. Reduce heat, cook for another 15mins
Enjoy!

*This soup has a unique taste, which is basically achieved from bleached palm oil and  locust beans (I don’t like the smell, a teaspoon doesn’t hurt thou) I also do not use tomatoes (I find tomatoes in this part of the world too tart for the taste of Efo Riro)



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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

sweetheart its chayil winny. pl o what are d following items called in our local markets? red bell pepper, scotch bonnet, spinach, dried african prawns, locust beans and ox tail? many thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi! I don't know if you already found out but here you go:

Red bell pepper - Tatashe
Scotch bonnet - rodo
Spinach - The vegetable leaves you choose (i like tete)
Dried african prawns - you can use crayfish
Locust beans - Iru
Ox tail - I don't know. lol

Hope this helps

Anonymous said...

Ox tail is cow tail