Spicy, savory, textured and cooked in an assortment of Nigerian spices is the Yoruba special spinach stew, Efo riro. Native to the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria and enjoyed with tantalizing foods such as pounded yam, eba, rice, jollof and boiled plantain, your taste buds should not be denied the complex taste of Efo Riro stew.
Efo Riro also called Efo elemi meje, is comprised of green leafy spinach, assorted fresh meats and offals, cooked together with juicy red tomatoes and variety Nigerian spices in red palm nut oil resulting in a thick, steamy, nutritious and unbelievably delicious stew. It is sure to shock your taste buds with a vivid taste and flavors from the fresh ingredients while awakening your senses from the sweet aroma of the spices and it’s visual appeal.
A well prepared Eforiro stew should be thick, for this reason, the meat stock has very little water. The palm oil is either heated or bleached and is the base for the soup. The spinach is well cooked and fresh to maintain nutritional value.
It is the Yoruba version of the edikang ikong soup and is loaded with all manner of orishishi. While Edikang ikong soup is prepared with water leaves and pumpkin. Eforiro is prepared with spinach and it really does go over and above in delivery of taste and culture.
'Efo' references leafy greens used in the stew, particularly, Efo shoko and Efo tete(Nigerian spinach and Celusia) while 'Riro' means to stir
hence the name Efo Riro for the special spinach stew. The stew is a favourite of the Yoruba people, meat and vegetable enthusiasts and has been a staple for many years due to its richness in taste, health and nutritional value.
Efo Riro’s variety ingredients provides health values such as promoting blood circulation and blood vessel health, prevening inflammation and heart disease. Hhmm, it is the Yoruba taste that heals. To top it all, this special stew also caters for the vegan community as it can be prepared with various plant based ingredients such as mushrooms and tofu without the meat and still retain its undeniable deliciousness.It is tasty,quick and a low carb food as it can be eaten on its own.
Eforiro continues to prove that bland vegetables can be transformed into a mouthwatering meal. Something that can be savoured by both children and adults and adequately satiate the need for sumptuous delicacies. This is a replacement for plain vegetables that are oftentimes unappealing to the kids, it's something they are sure to ask for seconds. A meal enjoyed by West Africans and can now be enjoyed by everyone here in the Kenya.
This is a meal that should be on every Kenyan bucket list Lol! The young, the old, meat lovers and vegans. A versatile appeal in sight, smell and taste. An elevation to plain rice and yam. How could anyone not indulge in such a tasty authentic African meal? This is a celebration of the cultures from West Africa being shared and gifted for all to enjoy. I dare say, let’s indulge!!
Eforiro is about taking your taste buds on a tantalizing tour to Yorubaland in the comfort of your home or better yet, at any of branches restaurant – Mama Ashanti Muthangari Gardens or Mama Ashanti at The Waterfront Karen Mall branch.
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