Ewedu with Amala and Mixed Meat Stew.
It is safe to say a lot of us do not like to try something new especially in regards to food. I was once like this until i finally had the courage to eat Ewedu with Amala and their Mixed Meat Stew. I particularly enjoyed the Gbegiri more though ah! e sweet gon!
So let me tell you a short story of how this begun. It’s funny though, I moved to Oyo State for my undergraduate schooling and this meal was one of the major food served and sold and it was not even expensive oh but omo I couldn’t deal. I stayed away from it like a plague until my 400 level days, one fateful day when there was no Rice in one Iya’s kitchen “Ajiwunmi” (The most famous Amala joint in Oyo) was the next option and I remember my friend Oluwaseun saying ah Nana ‘ebi n pa mi’ ( meaning i am hungry) wo! lets go and eat oh and surprisingly i was food struck on this meal especially when i accompanied it with Ponmo, Shaki, Beef and dived it in my belle with soft Amala. Ah! Ore Mi! Modaro was my case.
You can tell I’m in love with this so imagine my excitement when it was taught in my Catering school. It was mind blowing. Now let me share the recipe with you.
50g Ewedu Leaf
1/4 Teaspoon of Potash (Akanwu)
30g Crayfish (Ground)
- Wash and finely chop the Ewedu leaf, place all ingredients in a sauce pan. Add water and bring to boil.
- Cook for 5 mins and season well.
Keep aside and let’s prepare the Amala.
1kg Yam Flour (Amala)
1 liter water
- Put the water in a clean sauce pan and allow to boil.
- Add the sieved yam flour& mix well.
- Beat throughly and continue cooking for apporximately 8-10mins.
- Throughly mix to a smooth paste and draw well.
- Add a little water if the dough is too hard and beat well.
- Remove from the stove and serve with Ewedu and stew.
MIXED MEAT STEW
1 bottle of groundnut oil
120 pepper( Aterodo, Tatashe)
120g Tomato puree
750ml water/ Beef Stock
500g Cow foot
- Cut and wash all the meat
- Season and boil till tender
- Remove meat from stock, strain and fry
- Strain the oil in a clean sauce pan and add the mixed grounded pepper, fresh tomatoes, puree
- Add the stock and allow to boil for 5 mins
- Add the fried mixed meat cover and allow to cook for 15-20mins, stir occasionally.
- Correct the seasoning and serve with Amala.
And voila your very own home made Amala with Ewedu and stew is ready and can be accompained with a cold drink and let sleep take you after. lol.
I hope this comes as a wonderful tip in preparing this wonderful western food of our beloved Yoruba tribe and fanatic of this sumpteous meal called Amala and Ewedu soup. Mind you, the Ewedu can be eaten without the stew it really depends on the individual’s preference and if you are a lover of pepper then do yourself the pleasure of adding your preferred amount of pepper to your mixed meat soup.
I’m certain you’d be in love just like I was and still is. I completely, totally and absolutely miss my ‘Ajiwunmi’ and wish there was one over here in Port Harcourt so i could stuff my face with its delicacy.
I look forward to your feedback on this amazeball menu. lol
Diary of Nana