- Tomato5 Pieces
- Bell Pepper3 Pieces
- Anaheim Peppers2 PiecesSubstitute with regular chilli peppers
- Mushrooms2 Pieces
- Onions1.5 to 2 PiecesSliced or diced
- Iru2.5 Teaspoons
- Crayfish1 Teaspoons
- Assorted Meat
- FishAny choice, I used Hake
- Rad Economist Crayfish and Chilli Spice InfusionFrom my spice range
- Knorr Cubes6 Pieces
- Curry Powder
- Garlic Cloves5 Pieces
- Sea Salt
- Tomato Puree
- Palm Oil
Recipe from Cooking With Rad Economist Blog
1. First start by washing your meat and putting it in a boil. Fill it with water until the water covers the meat. Boil this without adding anything for 3 minutes. This is to get rid of blood, foams or clots. Get rid of that water, rinse meat and add water then set to boil again.
2. Now add your half onions, sliced. Then add curry, thyme, pepper, ginger and 3 garlic cloves. Cook meat until done, then set aside.
3. Go ahead and season your fish and fry as well (I used hake and I seasoned with curry, knorr, sea salt and fish seasoning). I like using hake because unlike other fishes, hake holds its own when seasoned and fried. It has a taste of its own and doesn’t rely too much on the soup/sauce to give it its great flavour;
4. Chop your tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and anaheim peppers and put it into a blender and blend. Don’t blend too finely. We want a fine, thick paste to produce a nice, rich and thick Efo. In a pot, add your palm oil, bleach on high heat for 3 minutes, while the heat is still on high, add your chopped onions and mushrooms, then add your crayfish, 3/4 knorr cube, iru, ogiri, my rad chilli, tomato puree and sea salt (if you any have smoked fish soaked in water, now would be your time to add it).
5. Stir around not to let it burn, remember the heat is on high. I let the heat stay high because when some parts of the stew or meat gets scorched, it gives a smoky taste.
6. Now add your meat and fry in the mix for 3 to 5 minutes before adding your blended mix, reduce heat to medium and let it cook until you get a rich stew base for your efo. Then turn off heat, add your chopped spinach and stir (add your fried fish at this point).
And there you have it, Efo of life.