One man’s kontomire is another man’s spinach, kale or collard so feel free to substitute any of these especially with spinach, which I often do.
Legend has it that the nickname “Palava Sauce” originated from a meeting between a group of European colonialists and representatives of some of the indigenous folks at Elmina in pre-independence Ghana to discuss trade.
Kontomire stew, however, is as Ghanaian as Ghana’s Kenkey even though Nigeria and other countries have similar versions of this tasty stew. And in today's recipe, I show you how to prepare delicious kontomire stew the Ghanaian way.
How to prepare kontomire stew /palava sauce: Ingredients
- 2 packs kontomire/spinach
Kontomire/Cocoyam Leaves can be replaced with spinach
- ½ cup Egusi
- Meat, fish, (of choice, mushrooms also good)
- 2 tins of tomato plumbs
- 2 large onions
- Ginger, garlic to spice
- 1 large chilli pepper
- Palm oil
- Stock cubes, (or seasoning of choice)
How to prepare kontomire stew /palava sauce: Directions
NB : Steps 11 and 12 can be done interchangeably
- Wash the leaves thoroughly with lukewarm water
- Cut the kontomire/spinach into small sizes
- Chop 1 onion
- Blend tomatoes,1 onion, pepper,ginger and garlic together
- Put pan on fire and pour in the oil
- Add the chopped onions and stir fry for about 3 -5 mins
- Add steamed meat/kobi; allow to cook for about 5 mins
- Add the chopped tomatoes (if you prefer them chopped) and cook for 3 min
- Add the blended tomatoes, pepper,ginger and garlic
- Add any stocks / stock cubes/ seasons(Allow to cook for about 10 min, for the sauce to reduce)
- Make agushi into a paste and add to the stew, and allow to stay for a couple of minutes before stirring to create the bubbly effect.(Allow to cook for another 3 mins)
- Add the spinach/nkontomire leaves under a low heat now, and allow to slow cook. for about 5 min
- Add smoked fish and taste fr salt.
Let it simmer and its ready
Serve with Yam, Plantain,rice, gari ball( eba) , etc.
Inspired by Nestle's "Healthy Living Africa" initiative. Find out more here > http://www.nestle-cwa.com/en/nhw/hla-english