One of the African Yoruba people traditional recipes for cooking with leaves is Ewuro or bitter leaf stew.
Bitter leaf stew is not bitter as suggested by the name but a delicious mix of beef, fish, chicken, pork and seafood. The leaves are green with a robust odor and a bitter taste, every part of the plant is beneficial from the stem, leaves, and root.
|Ewuro Bitter Leaf Stew|
Ewuro Bitter Leaf Stew
5 ounces of cubed beef
5 ounces of pork or pork sausage
2 skinless chicken thighs
3 smoked fish, flaked
1/2 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
1/4 cup palm oil
1 small eggplant, peeled and diced
2 bunches scallions, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, diced
1 punch bitter leaf, chopped
Water to cover
Note: If you cannot find bitter leaf, substitute 2 handfuls of spinach.
Add all ingredients except shrimp to a large pot over medium heat cover ingredients with water. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour. Add shrimp and continue to simmer another 15 minutes.