- 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Palm Oil
- 4 Cups Tomato Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Bouillon Cubes
- 1/2 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- 2 Cups Frozen Spinach
- 1 Cup Frozen Kale
- 1/2 cup, or as much as you want :) Dried fish/ Stock fish (optional)
This dish, along with Jollof Rice are my signature dishes.
Efo Riro is always a hit whenever/wherever I’ve made it. I remember when I was at Michigan Tech, Abi and I teamed up to make some for International Night, an event for over 500 guests. It was a hit.
Almost a year ago, Jennifer, from Tech, had e-mailed me to ask for this recipe. She remembered me making it for various events and had an event she wanted to try it for. I quickly dug up an old recipe and sent it across. That exchange, partly inspired this blog. Thanks Jennifer!
Efo riro (in Yoruba), also known as vegetable stew, is a staple in almost all regions of Nigeria with variations on the choice of green leaf vegetable. Although this stew is technically made out of vegetables, don’t be fooled though, it’s traditionally not that healthy. The vegetables are usually cooked way too long with copious amounts of palm oil used. It is typically eaten with a morsel.
I try not to cook my vegetables too long, and I also added Kale for its health benefits.
Prep Step 🙁
- Prepare your tomato sauce
- Heat the oils on medium and add in the chopped onions.
- Add in the spices and then pour in the tomato sauce. Also add in the dried fish or any other protein you would like now.
- Cook the tomato sauce until it is very thick and starts to clump together. It will take about 30 minutes to cook sufficiently. This process is almost the same as the Meat Stew.
- Next, add in the vegetables and cook for 5 minutes. As soon as the stew starts to bubble around the vegetables, I take it off.
For vegetarians, don’t add any meat/fish, and use vegetable bouillon seasoning!
So what do you think? Have you ever (will you ever) tried this recipe? How do you like your food? Sweet? Spicy? A little bit of both? Let me know in the comments section below.