Recipe for Ofada Stew (Ayamase)

Recipe for Ofada Stew (Ayamase)

Recipe for Ofada Stew (Ayamase)

by May 24, 2016 1 comment



  • 5 large green bell peppers  (Green Tatashe)
  • 1 large red onion (Albasa) (Divided)- Thinly chop half
  • 3 Scotch Bonnet peppers  (Ata Rodo )
  • 1 cup each –  boiled Goat meat, shaki and Ponmon  (chopped into small pieces)
  • 4 boiled eggs – optional
  • 6 Tablespoons locust beans (Iru) (Divided)
  • 1 1/2 cups palm oil*
  • 3 cubes maggi
  • Salt to taste


  • In a blender, combine the peppers, half locust beans and half onion. Blend until almost smooth
  • Pour the blended pepper mix into a strainer (ase)  and let excess water drain out.
 -Some choose to parboil the pepper mixture to remove excess water, this is an unnecessary step as you can achieve the same goal by simply straining.
  • Set another large pot with a tight fitting lead on high heat, add in the palm oil. Bleach the oil for 8-12 minute. Just until the oil changes to a lighter color

– It will definitely get smoky, leave the pot covered throughout the bleaching process. If you have a backyard or balcony, gently take the pot out when the oil is bleached. Open the pot and leave outside until all the smoke is gone. If you cant take the pot outside, turn off the heat, open the pot slightly and leave to rest until all the smoke is gone.

  • Return the oil back to high heat, add in the chopped onion and left over locust beans. fry until the onion is a bit golden.    
  • Add in the parboiled meat and fry until lightly browned (Stir often so the meat doesn’t stick or burn)
  • Add in the pepper mix, eggs,  salt and maggi. Stir to combine
  • Decrease the heat to low-medium, cook the sauce until oil floats to the top (45 minutes to 1 hour depending on your stove)
  • Remove and discard the excess oil before serving, the point of using lots of oil is to help the sauce fry. Enjoy!