How to Cook Efo Riro

How to Cook Efo Riro

Efo Riro is a traditional dish eaten by the Yoruba tribe in Western Nigeria. It is prepared with assorted meat, large amount of green vegetables , and pepper. Some do add tomatoes  in theirs but I don’t like adding tomatoes in mine because an authentic Efo Riro shouldn’t have tomatoes in it. Use this recipe to Cook Efo Riro for your family and experience a great difference. You can eat it boiled rice, Amala, Pounded yam,, or Eba as you wish.

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  • 4 Red bell peppers (Tatashe)
  • 1 medium onion bulb
  • 2-3 Scotch Bonnet (Ata Rodo)

Combine the above list in a blender and blend to a rough coarse consistency. Pour mixture into a strainer and rest to remove excess fluid.

  • 1 cup of palm oil
  • 1 medium onion bulb (thinly sliced)
  • 2 Tablespoon blended crayfish
  • 3 smoked Catfish preferably ( Optional  )
  • Parboiled meat ( Cow Feet or beef Shaki  ( cow tripe), and Pommon ) 8  pieces
  • Salt- to taste
  • 2 cube maggi
  •   3 packs of chopped frozen  Kale leave or spinach (9 oz packs) – Defrosted


Place the  Kale or spinach in a bowl,  add water and rinse out the vegetable. Squeeze out all excess water.

  • Place a large dry pot on a  medium heat, add in the palm oil and heat until it begins to smoke a little
  • Now add the sliced onions and fry for about 3 minutes
  • Add the blended pepper, maggi  cube, cow leg, shaki, Smoked Catfish, blended crayfish, Cover and leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes
  • You can now add the Vegetable, combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning, leave to simmer for another 3- 5 more minutes.
  • Serve with Rice, Eba, Semo, Yam, Pounded Yam, Eko, Fufu.




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