One thing you notice quickly when dealing with West African Cuisine is that the basis of most sauces (stews going forward) are tomatoes. Making Cabbage Stew? Start with tomatoes. Agushi Stew? Start with tomatoes. Making Spinach Stew?…You get the idea 🙂 It’s pretty clear that once you’ve mastered how to create a tomato stew then you’re set for life.
Tomato stew isn’t just a base. It acts as a stand alone sauce and can be eaten with a variety of things such as yams, rice, plantain, gari, pasta, even bread! Only your imagination can limit its usage. So let’s get you started!!!
What you need:
1 medium size saute pan
1 tablespoon olive oil (any oil of your choice)
1 1/2 medium tomato
1 clove of garlic
1/2 yellow onion
Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning
First cut your vegetables and
set them aside. Take the saute pan and coat the bottom with oil. Now add the onions and garlic.Stir with a wooden spatula to cover them with oil. Turn on stove and cook at a medium heat.
Allow for the onions and garlic to wilt and start to approach translucency.
Add the tomatoes.
Stir everything together and allow it to cook for about 5 minutes.
Now add salt, pepper, and a dash of Mrs. Dash to the stew. (Seasoning is to taste so feel free to doctor.)
Mix well and allow the stew to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
As you’re cooking your stew will look very liquidy, don’t worry as it continues to cook the water will evaporate. After 10 minutes your stew should be done.
Voila! You’ve made West African tomato stew; you are now ready to conquer the world. Enjoy ;).