After a very long hiatus which I apologize for, I am back. Yayy!!!! So I just recently moved to the States and so far the African stores have been far away from me. I shall find it I promise and bring you some interesting Nigerian recipes. Whilst, I was opening my bank account here, I met this lady that went to school with a lot of Nigerian people and we had a really long chat about the characteristics of different tribes of people in Nigeria and our food. She was telling me how she loved our stew and oh how she wishes she could learn how to make it. I prompted her to visit my blog and then i realized that I didn’t even have a beef stew recipe. Shame on me Anyway, I am about to rectify that quickly with this post. For many people that are Nigerian and Non-Nigerian that have tried our beef stew and love it, Here is the recipe.
P.s: There are several Stew recipes from Nigeria. Some are slightly watery because they are used as accompaniments for Soups and some are thicker depending on the purpose.
Ingredients (Serves 3-4 people) Small portions
8 Medium pieces of Stewing Beef (For my Nigerian people it is regular beef)
5 Medium sized Tomatoes
2 Scotch Bonnet Peppers
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Small bulb of Onions
1.5 Cooking spoons of Oil
1/2 teaspoon of curry
a pinch of thyme
2 Seasoning cubes
1 teaspoon of blended chilli flakes
Salt to Taste
Wash and Season the beef with 1/4 of the bulb of onion, salt, 1 seasoning cube and blended chilli flakes and boil till beef is soft. Reserve some of the stock from the beef as that would be great seasoning for the stew.
Wash and blend the tomatoes, scotch bonnet peppers and bell pepper and boil till the excess water dries up. ( To prevent your tomato boiling over, add a tablespoon of oil)
(You can choose to use fresh oil to fry the beef or use the same oil after frying for the stew)
Heat up your oil and fry the beef till brown. Take out of the oil and fry the rest of the onions (chopped).
Once the onions are translucent, pour in the boiled tomato/pepper mix and fry for about 8-10 minutes on medium heat.
Add the rest of the stock from the beef into the mix and also add the fried beef at this point, stir and cook for about 5 minutes still on medium heat.
Add your salt, seasoning cube, curry, thyme and cook for an extra 5 minutes.
Serve with White rice, bread, plantain, Yam, Pasta or any other carbohydrate you like.
P.S: You can skip the frying of the beef and reduce the amount of oil used to have a healthier alternative