Ofe Akwu

Recipe for four servings

REQUIREMENTS

– 2 mudu Palm fruits
– 1kg goat meat
– 1 medium size Smoked fish
– 1 bunch Bitter leaves(washed)
– 1/2 cup egusi
– 3 tablespoons Crayfish (ground)
– 1 tablespoon Dried pepper (ground)
– 1 wrap Ogili okpi
– 2 Maggi Cubes
– 2 litres Water
– Salt to taste.

What you do

Wash the palm fruits thoroughly, place in a pot with some water and boil for about 35 minutes to soften.

Strain off the water and pound till the fibres come off the nuts. Heat the water to be just warm, add to the pounded palm fruit and mix thoroughly then strain off the mixture to obtain the oil extract.

Remove the mid rib from each bitter leaf, sprinkle a little salt on the leaves and rub between palms until a foamy liquid is produced. Add water and strain the foamy liquid off, repeat at least 3 times.

Wash the goat meat thoroughly, place in a pot, add salt and a few slices of onion. Allow to steam without water then add about 2 cups of water and boil for another 15 minutes.

Pour the oil extract into a pot and boil for about 5 minutes wash and de-bone dried fish,add the dried fish, cooked meat, crayfish, pepper, Ogili okpi and maggi cubes.Stir thoroughly and allow to boil for 10 minutes.

Add the egusi and stir again. leave to cook for another 10minutes, then add the washed bitter leaves. Stir and add salt to taste. leave to simmer for another 5 minutes.

Serve with pounded yam or cassava fufu or eba.

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