Ofada Stew is a popular Nigerian Stew peculiar to the Yoruba tribe of Western Nigeria though now enjoyed by other tribes as well.
Now, there are two kinds of Ofada Stew, one is made with Green Bell Peppers while the other is made with Red Bell Peppers.
The Green Ofada stew is popularly called Ayamase. I already have a recipe for Ayamase, click HERE to view the recipe if you’re interested.
This version is made with Red Bell Peppers, let’s begin….
700g Assorted Meats
5 Bell Peppers (Tatashe)
1.5 Cups Palm Oil
2-3 Scotch Bonnet (Atarodo)
Boiled Eggs (Optional)
2 Dried Fish (Shawa)
2 Tablespoons Ground Crayfish
3 Tablespoons Locust Beans (Iru)
3 Knorr Chicken Cubes or any Bouillon cubes of your choice
Salt to taste
First boil your meats with Onions, Garlic, Seasoning and Salt. When they’re soft, cut the meats into bite size chunks……
If you’re using Shawa, soak in water and clean to remove dirt, then shred into bite size pieces, set aside.
Chop the Peppers and Onion, place on a roasting tray, roast for 40 minutes at 220 degrees. Also grill or fry the meats at the same time.
When the peppers are properly roasted, pulse in your blender a couple of times or you can use a grinding stone, consistency should be as shown below, set aside.
Now, pour the oil into a saucepan, set on a hob on low heat, heat it up till semi bleached. 15 minutes on low heat should do. Then add half sliced Onion…
Sauté till caramelised, this should take 12-15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Do not sauté on high heat, otherwise the onions will burn.
This step is very important, caramelised onions add loads of sweetness into your stew..
Now add the Locust Beans (Iru), sauté for a minute, then add the Crayfish, sauté for another minute…
Now, add the blended pepper, stir and combine, turn up the heat to medium…
Leave to fry for 6-8 minutes, stir occasionally to prevent burning…
Now, add the grilled or fried meats and shredded shawa, stir and combine…
Now add the boiled eggs if you’re using any, stir and combine…
Leave to cook for a further 8-10 minutes, and it’s done….
Enjoy with boiled Ofada, Jasmine or long grain rice….
You may want to view our easy Ofada Rice recipe, click HERE for the recipe….