June 21, 2011

Efo ( Spinach Stew)

Efo (Not Riro. lol)
I am not calling this Efo Riro, because Efo riro requires a lot more finesse and the flavor profile is a bit different [due to the time it takes to blanch the oil, the presence of Iru (locust beans) and  the absence of tomatoes in Efo Riro. Here is a post on Authentic Efo Riro ]

2 thighs Oven roasted smoked turkey (Pulled)
6 pieces cow feet (cleaned), 6 pieces goat meat (cleaned), Stock fish ( pre soaked, optional) (B)
Fresh smoked fished (pulled,  bones removed)
A pinch curry, dry chilli and thyme (A)
5 cubes Maggi ( or 2.1/2 cubes maggi crayfish) ( bullion cube)
2 tspns salt
2 bunches fresh spinach ( cleaned and chopped finely)
1/2 cup palm oil
2 large red bell pepper, 2 small tomatoes, 2 habanaro peppers, 1/4 large onion, small ginger root (C)

  • In a medium pot, combine all of (B), add (A), 2 cups water, 3 (1.1/2) cubes of maggi,1tspn salt. set on low heat, cook for 6-8 hours ( goat should be really tender and chow feet should just fall off the bone)
  • combine all of (c) in a blender + 1/2cup water, chop ( shouldn't be a fine texture). Pour the mixture into a pot, boil for 15mins.
  • Set a medium pot on medium heat,add in the oil. cover the pot, blanch the oil for about 5mins. Add in the pepper mixture, leftover maggi and salt, stir. taste and adjust for salt. cover the pot, cook for 5mins add in the pre-cooked meat (B) and the turkey, cook for another 10mins.
  • Add in the spinach, stir. Add in the smoked fish, cover the pot, cook for another 10mins.
Your efo is ready to serve with your choice of OKELE or Rice. EnJOy!

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Pretty Lashes said...

Loves it!

So will you do the catering for my wedding????????????/

NikkiSho said...

wow!! these pictures ehn..mouth watering toh bad.

Dee Dee said...

now am hungry!!! send me some through DHL please!! lol great job once again!!

therealworld said...

Ur culinary skill is terrific...I'm a fan of efo riro & this sure looks tantalizing.

@ilola said...

This also looks like Efo riro. The truth is that Efo riro does not have a specific ingredients and flavour. You are allowed to experiment and thats the beauty.
Your food looks tantalizing, as usual.

The Relentless Builder said...

LOL @ "not riro" ... I call all efo, riro! Thanks for highlighting the difference ...

This is the first time I have ever seen ginger used to cook efo...Interesting!

9jaFOODie said...

@Pretty Lashes; thanks love, I will love to cater for your wedding ooooo. please keep me posted when the time comes :)

@Nikkisho; My lovely love... Thanks much!

@DeeDee...lol..sorry..running to DHL :d

@therealworld; thank you much!!

@ilola; yeah... Thanks. there are traditional authenticity present in all culinary creations. Thank goodness for experimentation though.

@Relentless..lol..You are welcome :). @the ginger... it gives a nice kick to the sauce :)

Surprise said...

The pictures look tantalising. I am salivating already.

I am a die hard 'fan' of efo riro any day. I eat it with anything (pounded yam, rice, cooked yam, pap, custard etc)

enybees-hub said...

I'm a new follower and honestly I love your creativity and details for food :)

Adura Ojo (Naijalines) said...

Yum. There is efo and then efo riro...interesting. I do put tomato paste in my 'efo riro' sha. That's because it helps with the thickening. I don't fancy those 'accidents' that some people have with efo on one side and so so water lagoon on the other.

N.I.L (Naijamum in London) said...

*R. Kelly lyrics:

........I hear you calling,
here I come efo to eat you.
Baby no more stalling, these hands have been longing to touch you.....*

9ja Foodie, you no go kill person oh

9jaFOODie said...

@Suprise; lol@pap and custard, you are a true fan o

@Enybees-Hub...yeiiii... thanks for the follow..awww.. you dey make my head swell o.

@Naijalines; haaaaa...tomato paste ke, kin lo de?? lol.. well..in order to avoid the accident, make sure you blanch your spinach in hot water and salt when using fresh spinach ( that will get rid of all the excess water) also make sure you parboil your pepper base.

@NIL; lol...LWKMD... you are hilarious. Thanks much...

Titi's Passion said...

I just made some efo today myself. I need to find stock fish and try your's. I have a question for you, so who gets to eat all these yummy food you make, aside from you?

A-9ja-Great said...

Damn mehn...eba on my mind with that soup,no thanks to you.

9jaFOODie said...

@Ms Titi;; YEIIII... hummm.... me+me+ my friends. lol

@9ja-great; my bad :D... LOL

Anonymous said...

another FAV of mine like the okro.. *yummy-*sigh with pleasure*

Mimi B said...


I have this complicated relationship with Efo Riro, my mother OD'ed us on it when we were little so i hated it and refused to go near the stuff for years when I got older. Now i'm slowly on a jounery to rediscovering it again.

This one looks good though : )

9jaFOODie said...

@Ibhade...:)..I know se, it's such a comforting soup

@Mimi B; EEYA..LOL.. sorry dear, I think you need to rediscover it your own way, trying cooking it with your favorite meat.

Deep Soul said...

You just killed me. I havent eaten all day and my stomach is growling like a lion! You have killed me with these pictures! Yeeepaaa!

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9jaFOODie said...

@Deepsoul... my bad.. lol
@Olola... yeiiii *happy dance* Thank you much!!

Adura Ojo (Naijalines) said...

It's tomato puree, actually. A tablespoon of it is all one needs. I'd rather do that. Sometimes people overboil the efo and also the excess water comes out with a lot of vitamins I would not like to waste;-)

Well, my method works for me. You should try it too.

9jaFOODie said...

Yeahhh... sounds interesting, I will definitely try it the next time I make efo. I am curious to know how it affects the taste. Thanks for teaching me something new!!!.

natural nigerian said...

I love leafy vegetables and I love tomatoes. Combination is always amazing...

9jaFOODie said...

Healthy combination :)

The Corner Shop said...

Yuuuum!! Babe! I wish i could export your entire blog!! I need to try every one of these recipes

The Corner Shop

H said...

this ur efo looks really tasty.

Now following your blog...show me the way to my mans heart...lol

9jaFOODie said...

@Adiya... try them all oo...Thanks love :)

@H.. yeiii..welcome to MAC. Thanks for the follow :)

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