Fried beef stew
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Serves: 6
for beef
  • 1.5lbs of beef cut into thick stripes or bite sizes
  • 1 bouillon
  • ½tsp thyme
  • ½tsp of curry
  • 2tsps sun flower oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 1-2garlic cloves(grated)
  • 1 inch of ginger(grated)
for stew
  • 8 plum tomatoes
  • 2 habanero peppers ie Ata-rodo
  • 1 small green bell pepper
  • 1 really ripe red bell pepper
  • 1 large onion(divided)
  • bouillon(optional. as the dawa dawa is seasoning. taste stew before using)
  • ½ tbsp. dry grounded red pepper or red pepper flakes(optional if you don't like pepper)
  • ⅔ cup of sunflower oil(any vegetable oil works)
  • ½-1 tbsp of grounded dadawa or you may use a whole disc (very optional)(run through a dry mill or crush with a mortar and a pestle)(You could use 1½tbsp of Iru as an option or none)
  • salt to taste
  1. Wash and pat beef dry. Cut the meat into thick strips. Blend all the ingredients listed for the beef together and pour over the meat along with some salt and oil. Massage the seasonings into the meat and cover to marinate for 1-12hours(30 minutes works too)
  2. Blend the tomatoes, the peppers and half of the onion. Pour the tomato and pepper mix through a fine mesh sieve or boil it to dry out the water.
  1. pour the ⅔rd cup of oil into a heavy bottomed pot. Once the oil is hot. Add the beef into it one after the other without over crowding the pot. Fry each side until golden brown. You may need to fry it in batches. Once the beef is fried, pour any previously fried ones back into the pot. Slice in the remaining half of the onion and let it cook along with the beef. After about 2 minutes, pour in the dawa dawa if using any and stir for a minute to combine and infuse the flavors into the beef. Pour in the tomato and pepper blend, stir and slightly cover. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cook while stirring ocassionally until the oil begins to float to the top and the stew has thickened a little and lost it's tangy tatse. Season with the bouillon(if using),and some salt to taste. Stir in the dry grounded pepper and cook for another 2 minutes to combine flavors. Let the stew rest before serving
To make this a regular beef stew, you could leave out the dadawa
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at