Ewedu is a native Nigerian food common to the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. The botanical name is Cochorus olitorus. The English name is jute mallow or Jew’s mallow. It is very nice when eaten with the Nigerian swallows like Amala, Eba, Semo. It can be served with another native stew like gbegiri. There are several things that can be added to give more flavours when making this stew; locust beans known as iru can be added, egusi has also been known to feature in this food. I however prefer eating this stew plain and this recipe describes how to achieve that. Before we go on let’s quickly look at few benefits of ewedu.
Benefits of ewedu stew
- It boosts your immune system because it contains lots of minerals and vitamins like vitamin C, iron, and lots more.
- Helps bowel movement
- Good for eyesight
Note: Avoid taking ewedu with antibiotics.
- Buy fresh ewedu
- Make sure the leaves are green and not withered.
- Cut the leaves off the stem
- Make sure you don’t cut the branches with the leaves
- Rinse twice in water
- Pick the leaves from the bowl of water while rinsing because sand if present settles at the bottom and we want to avoid sand.
- At this stage, there are two methods I know
- Using a knife, shred the leaves into tiny pieces but this takes time
- Blend the leaves with water twice, this is the method I use mostly because it’s easier and faster.
- Pour your shredded leaves in a pot and add water or pour your blended mixture in a pot.
- Add potash( it’s called Kaun in Nigeria)
- Note that it’s a very small quantity you need.
- Kaun/potash is known to increase the viscosity of the stew
- Boil for 10minute and stir continuously to prevent it from overflowing, or use a big pot.
- Place in a bowl and leave to cool for a few minutes.
- Add a cube or ½cube of magii
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