“Aba Dei” lovely people (greeting in the Akwa Ibom language of the Efik/ Ibibio tribe from Nigeria in West African). The weekend is here again! Thanks for taking out time *hugs*
This week’s recipe as part of the October month of Healthy meal features a ceremonial dish from a tribe in Nigeria (Efik/Ibibio). I love this dish because of the leafy and assorted condiments needed for the mouth-watering taste and flavours it produces. I was taught this recipe by a good aunty. A fellow UK blog sister Dooney’s Kitchen, (who is also a lover of all things fooood :)), made the bitter leaf version of the Afang, with the bitter leaf as a substitute for the Ukazi leaves which is used in Afang soup.
Ok so for lovely readers in UK , most of the ingredients can be bought in local African shops. The Ukazi leaves is pre-packed but can get fresh water leaves. Please note that the leaves may be seasonal as they are not always readily available 🙂
PREP TIME: approx. 30mins
COOKING TIME: approx. 30- 50mins
- Lean Beef or any Meat of your choice
- Water leaves (see picture)
- Ukazi leaves (see picture)
- Dried Smoked CatFish or any other type of smoked fish
- Dried Prawns
- Palm Oil
- Small to medium sized onions (x 2)
- Scotch Bonnets (x 2)
- Knorr cubes or any beef stock seasoning
- Salt to Taste
Chop and Soak Ukazi leaves in hot water to make soft if bought dried (otherwise please skip)
Put beef and stockfish in a pot, add some water, knorr cubes and bit of salt to taste. Allow to cook until soft, meanwhile….
Pluck waterleaf to be rid of most of the stalk
Chop the waterleaf
Blend the crayfish
Blend the soaked Ukazi
Blend the onions and the scotch bonnets. Then, clean the smoked fish and dried prawns
Dried Smoked Catfish
Once beef and stockfish is cooked. Add the water leaf and allow to cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add the blended Ukazi, then the smoked catfish, followed by the blended onion and pepper, then the dried prawns. Stir, and add crayfish.
Taste for salt. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.
Finally…. Add the palm oil and….
Voilà…. Absolutely tasty!
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Have a great weekend! “keep making it happen”!