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Friday, June 24, 2016

Cooking With Leaves African Style

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.

One of the African Yoruba people traditional recipes for cooking with leaves is Ewuro or bitter leaf stew.
Ewuro Bitter Leaf Stew

Ewuro Bitter Leaf Stew


Ingredients:
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

Directions:

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.


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