This Nigerian spinach stew, also called vegetable soup and natively known as "Efo Riro" is guaranteed to be one of the most savory and delicious spinach recipes you will ever taste!
Course: Main Course
Author: Yummy Medley
4poundsof spinach chopped
1poundof cooked meat of choiceI used fried Tilapia
1/2poundof small fresh water shrimp
1red bell pepper
1large red onion
1/4cuppalm oil/ annatto oil
3tbsppowdered dried shrimp
Salt to taste
To prep, blend half of the red onion with the tomatoes, bell pepper, garlic, and hot pepper. Chop the other half of the red onion.
In a deep sauce pan or stock pot, heat the oil and saute the onions over medium heat until its golden brown.
Add the blended tomato mix, and allow to cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to avoid the mix from burning.
After 30 minutes, the sauce should be significantly reduced, at this point season it with powdered dry shrimp and salt to taste.
If cooking with cooked red meat or chicken, add them to the sauce at this point. If using dried mushrooms, re-hydrate and them at this point as well.
Add the fresh shrimp to the sauce, then add the spinach. At this stage, the spinach may look too much, but allow to sit in the pot for about 1 minute.
Gently stir the stew and the spinach until the spinach is wilted till about half the its original volume.
Adjust the seasoning with salt to taste if necessary. At this point I added the fried tilapia, stirred and served.
This stew is best served warm and freshly cooked.
Efo Riro Calories and Nutrition
The estimated calorie count and nutritional information for one serving (meaning a plate) of efo riro is shown below. Please note that the nutritional information below, including ingredients and calculations is sourced from a third party site and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will depend on the brands used, measuring standards, portion sizes and other factors.
Efo Riro: Nigerian Spinach Stew (Yoruba Vegetable Soup) as retrieved from yummymedley.com