Nigerian Tomato Stew for Nigerian Rice Recipes(Vegan Stew)


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   Nigerian Tomato Stew (Vegan stew) is a simple stew that is used as a base for Nigerian Jollof Rice and Coconut Rice Recipes.It is often made in large quantities and stored in the freezer until when needed.
   I always make this tomato stew for my vegetarian friends, so that they don’t feel left out ☺ .
It is also the first step in the cooking steps for most Nigerian stews, such as the Fish stew, Chicken stew and Beef stew.

Here’s a detailed recipe on how to make this basic stew, and you can also watch a video recipe on How to Make Nigerian Tomato Stew(video coming soon)

Ingredients for Nigerian Tomato Stew
– 1.5kg Fresh Tomatoes or blended tomato puree
– 200g Tomato paste(e.g De Rica brand (optional)
– 1 litre Vegetable Oil
– 2 OR 3 medium bulbs Onions
– 3 Habanero Pepper (atarodo)(optional)
– 1 stock cube (vegetable bouillon cube for vegans)
– Salt to taste

Cooking directions for Nigerian Tomato Stew

* Open the Canned tomato paste, scoop content into a bowl and dilute with a little water.Set aside.

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* Blend the tomatoes, peppers and onions and set aside

* Pour the blended tomatoes into a pot and let it boil until the consistency is thicker and  the excess water is dried up.

* Now, heat up the vegetable oil, add some onions(optional, because the blended tomatoes already has onions). Add the dried tomatoes and tomato puree and fry for about 25 minutes or until the tomato looses it’s sour taste. Stir constantly to prevent burning at the bottom.

*Next, add stock cube and salt to taste. Cover and leave to simmer for 5 minutes and  your  Nigerian Tomato Stew(vegan stew) is ready.

***As for the excess oil, let the stew cool down a bit and then scoop out the excess oil, pour into a bottle and preserve in the fridge. This  oil, can be used for Nigerian stews, soups,yam recipes and beans recipes.

The Nigerian Tomato Stew (Vegan stew) can also be used for cooking  Jollof Rice, Nigerian Coconut Rice and other delicious Nigerian Food recipes. Enjoy!

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* Bitter leaf Soup (Ofe Onugbu) 
* Nigerian Beef Stew
* Banga Soup : Urhobo Isoko Banga Soup Recipe
* Nigerian Chicken Stew
* How to Cook Okazi Soup (Ukazi Soup)
* Obe Ata Dindin : Nigerian Fried Pepper Stew
* How to Cook Edikang Ikong Soup 
* Nigerian Tomato Stew(Vegan Stew)
* How to Cook Afang Soup
* Nigerian Pepper Soup
* Nigerian Ogbono Soup :How to Cook Ogbono  Soup
* Nigerian Fish Stew (Obe Eja Tutu) 
* How to Cook Nigerian Egusi Soup(Ofe Egusi/Obe Efo Elegusi)


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  1. Nneka
    December 4, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    I will try it ,I think it will look nice .do you put meat water in stew?

  2. Truth
    January 21, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Im now trying your process Hoping for the best

  3. Truth
    January 21, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Im now trying your steps, hoping for the bestBecause i like the process

  4. Anonymous
    November 3, 2013 / 5:49 pm

    I followed step by step and got it right.. thank you so much..God bless .

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 27, 2014 / 3:27 pm

      Thanks for your lovely feedback dearie 🙂

  5. Chioma Okeke
    October 30, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    I follow this process all the time, but me stew always tastes weird compared to that of my Mum.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 31, 2013 / 8:01 pm

      The weird taste might be from the tomato's sour taste. You need to fry the tomatoes until it loses it's sour or tangy taste.

  6. Anonymous
    October 22, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    A lot of your recipes have measurements in liters and kilograms. What are the metric conversions in cups, spoons and ounces. As well ma'am I am a bit confused with the dried tomatoes. Is this something I need to make or buy? Are you referring to the sauce made?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 23, 2013 / 2:56 pm

      The ''dried tomatoes'' is the blended tomato mixture which had been dried up in step 3. As for the ingredient measurements, you'll need* 52.9 ounce fresh tomatoes*7 ounce tomato pasteI bet you won't have problems with the rest of the ingredients 🙂

  7. Nky Lily Lete
    August 6, 2013 / 9:52 pm

    How do you drain your oil. I always drain and then scoop out the top layer with a spoon. You'll see the oil separate from the stew if you leave the stew to cool down a bit.You can also try with less oil, but the stew tends to burn quickly before losing its sour taste if insufficient oil is used.

  8. RJJ
    August 5, 2013 / 2:22 pm

    Even though I drained the oil, the stew although to as cousins, was very very oily. can I use less oil??