The Nigerian spinach stew, or Efo Riro as it is locally called, is a rich, flavorful soup that is commonly served in the Yoruba ethnic group. Its name comes from the Yoruba language. It means “green leafy vegetable” and “riro,” which means to stir. The recipe to process this dish is easy and only requires a few ingredients. Besides, it’s great for anyone looking for a delicious dinner.
Efo Riro Recipe
Efo Riro (Nigerian Spinach Stew) Recipe
- Pre-heat palm oil
- Add the onion and sauté until golden brown.
- Add the peppers and stir-fry until the sauce thickens.
- Add bouillon and salt to taste, along with the locust bean and crayfish. Stir thoroughly to mix everything completely.
- Add the meat, the prawns, and the stockfish, and some water or broth to thin the sauce. Then cover again and bring it to a boil.
- Finally, add the spinach and stir well. Then cook uncovered for about 2 to 5 minutes. Adjust the spices if necessary.
- Serve with your favorite swallow like amala, fufu or rice, yam ... enjoy your meal!
- Only add the stock/water if using fresh spinach.
- You can leave the spinach in for about 5 mins more on low heat if you want it softer and less chewy.
- If you want the spinach stew to be less spicy, use only 1 tsp or 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper.
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An Efo Riro dish is a delicious way to use local ingredients. You can use the same ingredients to make yours. If you don’t have native palm oil, you can substitute vegetable oil or annatto oil. But the native taste of palm-oil-based stews will not be lost. In other words, it is the perfect choice for the home cook or guest of any ethnic group. If you’re looking for a healthy, traditional Nigerian meal, try this dish.