Abacha "A hundred ways" (African Salad)
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Recipe type: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Cuisine: Nigerian, Igbo
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Serves: 3
 
This is a dish eaten mostly by the Igbo's of Nigeria.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of dry abacha(made out of cassava)
  • 1½ cups of ugba/ukpaka/oilbean
  • 2-3 pieces of ose Nsukka
  • 1tsp of ogiri(very optional)
  • 6toasted or roasted ehuru seeds
  • 1cup of chopped roasted goat meat with skin on(you may use smoked cow skin)
  • one small onion
  • a hand full of chopped utazi
  • bouillon
  • ¼ cup of cooked akidi
  • 3 large garden eggs or Thai egg plants(chopped into small chuncks)
  • Ngo' or potash or baking soda mixed with a little warm water(thickening agent)
  • ½ cup of whole dry prawns(divided)
  • I tsp of dry grinded pepper
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring some water to a boil and pour over the dry abacha; promptly drain, fluff with a fork, or your fingers; then cover and set aside.
  2. Toast or roast the ehuru seeds over oen flame or in a pan. finely blend it with half of the dry prawns and ose.
  3. In a pot, pour in some palm oil(do not heat); then strain in the liquid from the ngo'(Recipe in blog). To use potash or baking soda, Soak the potash or baking soda in some warm water and let it dissolve; then strain with a sieve into the oil(the baking soda does not need straining as it melts easily). Stir the oil and thickening agent quickly to make a slightly thick liquid known as ncha in the Igbo language.
  4. Add the ogiri(if using) into the oil and melt with a wooden spoon. Pour in your blended Ehuru mixture and bouillon if using any; then stir in your meats along with the ukpaka, and akidi. Combine until the oil has touched every ingredient.
  5. At this point, add the abacha, grinded crayfish, pepper, half of the chopped utazi, the remaining sliced onions, and the egg plants. Check for seasonings and combine all the ingredients into the pot by stirring carefully. Garnish with the rest of the utazi and serve.
  6. Serve with fried peppered fish
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at http://www.nigerianlazychef.com/2015/02/abacha-a-hundred-ways-african-salad/