Designer stew also known as Ayamase or Ofada stew, is traditional Nigerian dish. Coming out of the yoruba tribe. Its different from the traditional red stew that is very common in Nigeria. I first tasted designer stew in my college days and fell in love. Im so thankful my roommate taught me how to make it . I hope you enjoy this recipe.
6 green bell peppers
2 medium yellow onions
1 medium chopped red onion
1 and 1/2 cup of palm oil
4 habanero (green if possible)
1/4 cup of iru (locust beans )
5 boiled eggs
1/4 cup cray fish
2 lbs of meat, shaki,ponmo
1/2 meat broth
3 maggi cube
Season your meat of choice. Boil with onions and maggi. Separate meat from broth, set aside when done.
Blend all green bell peppers and 3 habenero until smooth. place mixture in a strainer to drain the excess water. Set aside.
In a separate pot pour in the oil and begin to heat it up on a medium-high setting. Make sure the pot is covered. Leave the pot covered for the next 10 minutes. Once it has reached 10 minutes turn off the heat . DO NOT OPEN THE POT. Leave the pot to cool off for the next 10 minutes. Your palm oil is now bleached.
Once cooled off open pot and add in chopped red onion and the iru. Put back on medium high heat and begin to fry for the next 3-5 minutes.
Next add in the green pepper mix and continue to fry for 3- 5 mins.
Next add in your meat, dry fish,cray fish,1/2 cup of broth, eggs, and 2 maggi cubes.
Continue to cook for the next 20 to 30 minutes on low medium heat. You will notice oil rising to the top. Remove excess oil by spooning it out.