Designer Stew? You’re probably wondering what all that’s about…LOL. This recipe was actually a bit of a fluke. I decided to defrost my freezer at the weekend. While defrosting, I found some old assorted peppers which had now become soggy. I didn’t want to waste them, so I decided to use them all for a stew recipe. Wasn’t particularly sure how the stew would turn out but I chose to go with the flow.
You can do without the Chillies if you can’t source them and just stick to assorted bell peppers instead.
Best move ever! The stew was absolutely delicious! And Sisi Jemimah’s Designer Stew was born….haha
I’ve got a number of Ata Dindin ( Fried Stew) recipes on the blog already but this Designer Stew recipe is in a league of its own and a trial will convince you.
Before we go on, let’s just get one thing straight, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to achieve perfectly fried stew without using a lot of oil, absolutely no imposeible. What you’ll end up with is boiled and not fried stew if you try to cut corners. That being said, this recipe requires a lot of oil. You can decant the excess oil at the end of your cooking for use at a later date, yes, it is reusable. So, if you’re an active member of The Nigerian Oyel Police force, then this recipe isn’t for you. Fellow Oyel Law Violators, lerrus cook….
6 Assorted Red, Yellow and Green Sweet Bell Peppers (Tatashe)
100g Red and Green Chillies
2-4 Scotch Bonnet (Atarodo)
2 Cups Palm oil
700g Fried Assorted Meats
1/2 Cup Locust Beans (Iru)
1 Cup Shredded Stockfish
2 Knorr Chicken Cubes
Salt to taste
Blend the peppers and 1 onion roughly. You can do that by hand or by pouring into your blender and using the pulse setting, pulse a couple of times. This will shred the peppers rather than completely blend them. Be sure to drain any excess water from the blend if you had to add water to it while blending.
Now, pour the palm oil into a large sauce pan and place on low heat. Leave to heat up for 15 minutes or until slightly bleached.
Sisi’s Kitchen Tip: The safest way to bleach Palm oil is by bleaching on low heat, leave the lid on the pot throughout the bleaching process. When it’s bleached to your satisfaction, take it off the heat but do not open it. Leave to cool for about 3-4 minutes before opening.
When it’s bleached , add 1/2 Chopped Onion, sauté till slightly browned…
Now add the Locust Beans, sauté for 2 minutes….
Now add the blended pepper mix. Also add the Knorr Cubes and Salt to taste…
Stir and combine, then turn the heat down to low, not too low though, leave to fry for an hour.
The taste/flavour of Green Pepper is quite potent and would take a while to completely get rid of it.
Stir every now and then to prevent burning. After an hour, you’ll see the oil has settled on the top…
Now add the fried meats, leave to fry again for 30 minutes, still on low heat. Taste for Seasoning and Salt, adjust if necessary….
Then add the shredded Stockfish and Crayfish, combine and leave for 10 minutes. And that’s it…
Enjoy with boiled Rice, Yam, Plantain or Pasta…