Nigerian Bukka Stew

By 3/11/2016 , , ,

Nigerian Bukka stew is on the menu today! This special traditional stew is served mostly by road side food Bukkas (iya alamala), so it is safe to say that it is a special Nigerian street food. Just like the Americans have burgers, the Italians have pizzas and the Indians have tandoori take-away, Nigerians have bukkas that have been serving us with delicious palm oil stews and other delicacies. This palm oil stew has a distinctive taste compared to other varieties of stews that Nigeria boasts of, due to the palm oil used in the preparation and I must say that it is delicious and mouth-watering; especially when it is served with Ewedu soup and Amala or semovita as I have done today

This stew is very easy to prepare and there are so many variations to it, you can add fresh fish to the stew, goat meat, beef or even stock fish. The most important ingredient is the palm oil so whatever you add in your stew is entirely up to you. if you do not feel up to going out to the Bukkas today and you want this special delicacy in the comfort of your own home, then follow the step by step guide on how to prepare this special dish below and you will have your family licking their fingers. Let’s cook!

1) Tomatoes 200g

2) Scotch bonnets ( as desired)

3) Red bell peppers 100g

4) One large onions

5) Palm oil 2 cups

6) Assorted meats 1kg

7) Smoked fish (Eja kika) 300g

8) Seasoning 16g

9) Salt 2g


1) Wash the peppers, tomatoes and half of onions and blend together, making sure it is very smooth

2) Wash the assorted meats thoroughly and place them into a pot

3) Add the seasoning and salt with onions and about three cups of water and allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until all of the meats are tender

4) In a clean pot, add the palm oil and allow to heat for 3 minutes,

Cooks tip: this is just so the oil bleaches a little, if you have added beef into your meat assortment, it will be best to fry it in the hot palm oil, this helps add a distinctive taste to the beef but if you have not added beef to the meats then no need to fry the assorted meat (cow leg, shaki, round about). I didn’t add any beef in my stew, I wanted only lean meat in this version and a bit of smoked fish for that extra smokiness

5) Once the palm oil is hot enough, add in sliced onions, give it a minute to fry before adding the blended pepper mix, allow this to simmer for about 10 minutes or until well cooked

6) Add in the parboiled assorted meats and mix well with a wooden spatula and allow to cook for another 3 minutes

7) Once that is done, wash the smoked fish to get rid of the dust particles and place them whole into the palm oil stew, allow to simmer for another 2 minutes, taste for salt, add a bit more if desired and your delicious Nigerian Bukka stew is ready!

Now you will understand the rush to these Nigerian street food Bukkas, Fresh and delicious food with a distinctive local taste. DON’T FORGET TO DROP YOUR COMMENTS BELOW, LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK AND WATCH OUT FOR OUR NEXT POST!

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