Obe Ata Dindin – Ofada Stew

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)

1.5 Onions

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.

Roasted meats and peppers for Ofada stew

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.

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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…

Ofada stew

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…

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Now, add the blended pepper, stir and combine, turn up the heat to medium…

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Leave to fry for 6-8 minutes, stir occasionally to prevent burning…

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Now, add the grilled or fried meats and shredded shawa, stir and combine…

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Now add the boiled eggs if you’re using any, stir and combine…

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Leave to cook for a further 8-10 minutes, and it’s done….

Ofada stew

Enjoy with boiled Ofada, Jasmine or long grain rice….

Ofada stew

Ofada stew

You may want to view our easy Ofada Rice recipe, click HERE for the recipe….

Ofada stew



Trust me when I say, this Ofada Stew recipe is amazing!!! Let’s know when you do replicate it. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on new recipes. See you soon…. X

33 thoughts on “Obe Ata Dindin – Ofada Stew

  1. Gurl! You are so wrong. I have tried several recipe of ofada stew and they were just ok but this one…I’m lost of words. My husband and kids love the crap out of it. Thank you so much and I’m mad at you too because I’m trying to lose weight and now all my effort is in jeopardy because of this recipe. Thanks though, I love it.

    • I’m so so sorry for the late response. Thanks so much for taking the time to give a feedback, it’s greatly appreciated. Don’t worry about your weight jare, we’ll send you a treadmill for Christmas…..lol

  2. Hi sisi,yesterday was my friends wedding and I prepared ofada rice and the ata dindin your way,it came out really nice and people can’t stop asking for more.its a wonderful experience.

    • Hi…Sorry for the late response, you don’t need to add water as the peppers and onions would have softened well enough to blend without water….

    • Roasting gives the stew a smokey flavour, like replicating firewood cooking. Also saves you the need to cook down pepper to get rid of water contents. Hope this helps….

  3. I’ve asked how to make this & no body has given me any clear procedure until i happened on this and guess what, i tried it following the steps and it came out perfect….thank u Sisi Jemi

  4. I tried ofada stew for the first time with the recipe. I can say this is the best of all stews.It was very tasty. I will prepare this often. I tried it with rice, and my daughter tried it with plantain, yam and bread and I also had to try it out.It goes with most food. My daughter is very picky but she just loves it, we love it.
    Thanks Sisi Jemimah, you are making a huge difference in peoples kitchen/ homes.

    • Yay! Thanks Georgina, I’m glad you and your princess loved the recipe and I agree with you, this stew goes with mos staples. I particularly love it with plantain.thanks so much for taking the time to drop a comment. I really do appreciate….X

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