Vegetables stew/ Efo riro

Efo riro recipe


Let me tell you a quick story before I share the recipe. Mum and I had gone out to get a few things we needed for the house, but as usual, we ended up buying more things like vegetables and fishes. We then we had to buy smoked fish and pepper to cook it.

As we were driving to the house I told my mum I would love to cook the vegetables which she agreed, so the next morning I gathered my ingredients

Efo riro, vegetables stew

Ingredients

  • Pepper
  • Vegetables
  • fish( smoked fish and crayfish)
  • cowhide(ponmo) and locust beans ( iru)
  • magii and salt
  • palm oil, and onions.

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Procedure

  1. Cut your vegetables including the branches( unlike ewedu, vegetable’s branches are included when cooking)
  2. Arrange them neatly then slice into few pieces
  3. Rinse in salty water i.e add salt to the water.
    • then rinse the vegetables twice afterwards with clean water
    • Don’t drain the water but instead pick the leaves out of the water
  4. In a bowl, divide your smoked fish into two equal halves
    • Remove the bone
    • Flake/ pieces the fish ( don’t make it too tiny so you can taste the fish when eating the vegetables)
  5. Slice your cowhide (ponmo) into pieces
    • The inside of the ponmo may have to be scrubbed because of the dirt so I employ my iron sponge for this.
    • Rinse the ponmo very well
  6. Blend your pepper( tomatoes can be added but the peppery effect Which I like may not be felt so I don’t use any but you can)
  7. Rinse your locust beans
  8. Place a pot on the stove and wait for it to dry
  9. using a kitchen spoon, measure four to five spoons of palm oil and add it
  10. Heat for 3 minute
  11. Pour your smoked fish
  12. Rinse you crayfish and add to it
  13. let it fry
  14. Remove the fried fish and pour your blended pepper into the oil
  15. Add iru/ locust beans
  16. Add your ponmo especially if it’s not yet boiled.
  17. Boil for 15minute
  18. If you have boiled your ponmo before cooking, add it now.
  19. Add your vegetables and DON’T ADD WATER
  20. Stir your vegetables continuously
  21. Add smoked fish that was fried earlier
  22. Add one to two cubes of magii depending on the quantity
    • Note: if crayfish was used add one cube
    • Taste to see if salt is still needed, then add a pinch
Efo, riro, sliced vegetables
Cut vegetables

Serve your efo riro with Eba and any other swallow.

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Students Efo riro / cheap way of cooking vegetables

As a student you may have little money and want to make awesome foods with the least ingredients, that’s easy. Today I would be explaining how to make very delicious vegetables with little money.

  • Students efo riro with little money
  • Price break down in naira
  • Vegetables: 50
  • Rodo: 50 naira
  • Smoked fish 50 to hundred naira or cowhide ee/ ponmo: 100
  • Onion: twenty or fifty naira

  1. Steps
  2. Cut your vegetables including the branches( unlike ewedu, vegetable’s brnches are included when cooking)
  3. Arrange them neatly then slice into few pieces
  4. Rinse in salty water i.e add salt to the water then rinse the vegetables.
  5. Don’t drain the water but instead pick the leaves out of the water
  6. Rinse twice with normal water
  7. Place in a sieve to drain
  8. In a bowl, divide your smoked fish into two equal halves
  9. Remove the bone
  10. Flake/ pieces the fish ( don’t make it too tiny so you can taste the fish when eating the vegetables)
  11. If you are using ponmo/ cowhide and not fish
  12. Slice them into pieces and rinse very well
  13. The inside of the ponmo may have to be scrubbed because of the dirt so I employ my iron sponge for this.
  14. Blend your pepper( tomatoes can be added but the peppery effect Which I like may not be shortened so I don’t use any but you can)
  15. Rinse your locust beans
  16. Place a pot on the stove and wait for it to dry
  17. using a kitchen spoon, measure four to five spoons of palm oil and add it
  18. Heat for 3 minute your smoked fish
  19. Remove the fried fish and pour your blended pepper into the oil
  20. Add iru/ locust beans
  21. Add your ponmo especially if it’s not yet boiled but if itis this step
  22. Boil for 15minute
  23. If you have boiled your ponmo before cooking, add it now
  24. Add your vegetables and DON’T ADD WATER
  25. Stir vegetables continuously
  26. Add smoked fish that was fried earlier
  27. Add one to two cubes of magii depending on the quantity
  28. Note: if crayfish was used add one cube
    Taste to see if salt is still needed, then add a pinch
  29. Serve your efo riro with Eba and any other swallow

Note:
Instead of frying the smoked fish,
You can fry the pepper first then add the smoked fish and iru.

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