by Debby

Last Updated 20/11/2020

Searching for Ofada stew recipe? 

Cool. This recipe post shows you how to make the two types of Ofada Sauce;

Palm Oil Stew and Ayamase ( Sometimes called ‘designer stew’) .

Okay, let me walk you through how to prepare the two ofada stew recipe right away.

How to make Ofada Stew (Palm oil Stew)

Here's how to make the red ofada stew recipe.

Ofada Stew Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This ofada sauce recipe is the red ofada sauce recipe made with red bell peppers, palm oil, locust beans and other spices.

4.9 Star Rating

Ofada Stew Recipe

Category:
Sauce

Method:
Fried

Cuisine:
Nigerian

Serves
4 people

Prep Time
10 Min

Total Time
55 Min

Ingredients:
  • 1 small basket of red bell peppers
  • 1 small basket of scotch bonnet (Ata rodo) pepper
  • 1 small bunch of red chilli pepper (shombo)
  • 1 big onion
  • 2-3 cooking spoon of palm oil
  • 3-4 semi ripe tomatoes
  • 1 wrap of locust beans (iru)
  • 500g - 1kg of assorted meat
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 seasoning cubes
  • ½ cup of ground crayfish
Directions: 
  1. 1
    Blend your peppers, tomatoes and onions but don’t let it blend smoothly.
  2. 2
    Wash your meats, place in a pot on medium heat with water and season with seasoning cubes, salt and diced onions. Cook till almost tender.
  3. 3
    In a large pot, pour your palm oil and let it bleach(almost, not fully) for about 7 - 15mins then sauté your onions till it’s translucent.
  4. 4
    Add the semi-smooth blended pepper mix and allow to fry for about 5-10 mins, when it’s done and you would know when oil begins to bubble to the top…
  5. 5
    Add your iru, beef stock, assorted meats and water if your stock isn’t enough. Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes then add your already boiled eggs, stir into the stew.
  6. 6
    Take off heat. And serve with Ofada rice  
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How to make Ayamase 

Here's how to make the greenish ofada stew recipe

Ayamase Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This ofada sauce is the green ofada sauce recipe made with green bell peppers, bleached palm oil, locust beans and other spices.

4.7 Star Rating

Ayamase Recipe

Category:
Main

Method:
Fried

Cuisine:
Nigerian

Serves
4 people

Prep Time
20 Min

Total Time
1H 20 Min

Ingredients:
  • 5 green bell peppers
  • 3 Habanero/ Ata-rodo peppers
  • 2 medium onions
  • Palm oil (bleached)
  • 1 tablespoon of ground crayfish
  • 500g of Assorted meat e.g Shaki, ponmo etc.
  • 1 small wrap of locust beans (iru)
  • ½ cup of stock or water
  • Boiled eggs (any amount of choice)
  • Seasoning cube to taste
  • Salt to taste.
Directions:
  1. 1
    Remove seeds from peppers, chop onions and blend to give a semi-smooth (roughly blended) paste. Soak your locust beans in salt water, drain and set aside.
  2. 2
    In a large pot, pour your palm oil and cover with a tight lid placing on low - medium heat. Then, allow to bleach for about 7- 13 minutes.
  3. 3
    Then, sauté your remaining onions till it’s translucent. Add your locust beans then allow to simmer for a few seconds. Add ground crayfish and stir to combine.
  4. 4
    Add your pepper mix and allow to cook till the water reduces or oil floats to the top.
  5. 5
    Taste for seasoning and add if necessary. Add your assorted meats, stir and if the mixture is too thick, add your stock/water and let it boil for about 5 minutes
  6. 6
    Taste for seasoning and adjust. Add your boiled eggs, stir to combine then take off the heat!
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Notes
  • This Ayamase recipe is not the healthiest of recipes. The palm oil-bleaching process leads to loss of nutrients and the formation of dangerous trans fats.
    My advice? This recipe shouldn’t be found often in your meal plan. Once in awhile, if at all.
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FAQ

Here are the frequently asked questions related to Ofada stew recipe:

What is ofada in English?

Ofada rice has no official English name because it is a native rice. Ofada rice was named after a town in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Is Ofada healthy?

Ofada rice itself is healthy. Ofada rice is rich in fibre and retains quite a good amount of nutrient. However, the Ayamase ofada sauce may contain unhealthy trans fat because of the  palm oil-bleaching process involved in making it.

Why is my Ayamase bitter?

Ayamase tastes bitter because of the type of green pepper used. Some green peppers, especially the really dark ones, taste bitter. So when choosing green peppers for your Ayamase, choose green pepper that are lighter in colour. 

How do you bleach palm oil without smoking it?

Place your palm oil on low-medium heat in a pot, cover with a tight lid and allow to fry for 10minutes. Don’t open the pot while the process is happening! After 10mins, take off heat then take the pot outside for the smoke to escape before you proceed with the rest of the cooking.

Is bleaching palm oil good?

Bleaching palm oil is not good because the excessive heat in the bleaching process destroys most of the essential nutrient in the palm oil. Also, bleaching palm oil leads to the formation of dangerous trans-fat that affects health.

Summary

2 Ofada Stew Recipe (Ayamase & Palm Oil Stew) - Fit Nigerian
2 Ofada Stew Recipe (Ayamase & Palm Oil Stew) 1

Searching for Ofada stew recipe? 

Type: Sauce

Cuisine: Nigerian

Keywords: Ofada stew, Ofada sauce, Ayamase,Palm Oil Stew, Ofada Green Bell Peppers Sauce, Ofada Red Bell Peppers Sauce, Designer stew, Obe ata dindin

Recipe Yield: 4 servings

Preparation Time: PT10M

Cooking Time: PT45M

Total Time: PT55M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Bell peppers
  • Ata rodo
  • Chilli pepper
  • Palm oil
  • Iru
  • onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Seasoning cube
  • Salt
  • Crayfish
  • Meat

Editor's Rating:
4.7

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