Nigerian red stew is universally recognised!
NIGERIAN RED STEW
NIGERIAN RED STEW IS ALMOST LIKE A NATIONAL SYMBOL BECAUSE MOST OF NIGERIAN STEWS ARE ALWAYS REDDISH IN COLOUR!
In this article, I'm going to reveal the secrets behind Nigerian red stews! In fact, it is no secret at all!
Nobody has been able to explain why all Nigerian stews are always red. I have tried to ask a few people in Nigeria and in London here, but all giggled and replied that they don't know!
To be sincere,85%-95% of stews cooked in Nigeria or by Nigerians whether to eat rice, yam, plantain or anything else is always red! Sometimes, I wonder why such a cooking habit is so universal. To some extent, it looks monotonous!
I have attended more than 200 of Nigerian parties in my life time and in each party, red stews were used in eating the rice that were presented by the celebrants.
Most of my friends especially West Indians never stop mentioning red stews and red rice each time I invite them to Nigerian parties! It is definitely Nigerians' national symbol acknowledged and universally accepted and we can leave it that!
THE SECRET, BUT NO SECRET OF NIGERIAN RED RICE!
When it comes to making stews for rice or any other kind of foods or diets, Nigerians seem to be copycats. To be honest, every child born in Nigeria is taught how to make stews from childhood. At a point it looks like 'one way traffic'.
First, red palm oil, fry onions and the meat with red tomatoes etc.
The secret but no secret in Nigerian perpetual red stew is nothing but a combination of red palm oil, plus red tomatoes,and then profusely injected or 'baptized' with tomato puree!
A mixture of tomatoes,red fresh or dried pepper, (red) palm oil and Tomato puree are the secrets behind the Nigerian red stews! As I said, every Nigerian child is taught how to make stews and it is always the same red everywhere. Only a few people like me have changed to different colours from red.
On the healthy eating side, the Nigerian red stews are always mouth-watering! Fresh tomatoes and tomato puree including tomato ketchup are highly recommended because they help to prevent prostate and stomach cancers!
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