Ingredients for Abacha (African Salad)
– 300g Abacha (dried shredded cassava)
*100g Ugba(Ukpaka), sliced
*250ml Palm Oil
*4 big Garden Eggs
*1 tablespoonful finely chopped Garden Egg leaves (You can use thinly sliced utazi leaves or spinach leaves as an alternative)
*2 tablespoonful ground Crayfish
*Kpomo or Kanda (cow skin) optional
*Fried Fish(preferably Mackerel/Titus Fish) optional
*1 teaspoon ground ehuru (calabash nutmeg)..optional
*1 teaspoon ground iru /Ogiri .. optional
*1 level teaspoon Potash(akawu)
*1 stock cube/stock powder
*2 small onion bulbs
*Chili Pepper to taste
*Salt to taste
Directions for Preparing Abacha and Ugba (African Salad)
** First wash, Season and cook the kpomo(slice the kpomo into tiny bits) and the stockfish. Cut the fresh fish into rounds and Fry. Then set all aside
**Dissolve the akaun (potash) in little water and pass through a sieve to remove particles.Set the liquid aside for later use.
**Rinse the Ugba in lukewarm water ,drain and set aside.
** Next, place the abacha in a bowl and soak in cold water for about 8 minutes. Put some water to boil, until very hot.Then pour the abacha into a sieve and drain out the water.
**Place the Abacha back into the bowl and pour the boiling water on it, stir a little and quickly, pour the Abacha into the sieve again, and set aside until the water is properly drained.
**Slice one onion bulb into rings, and dice the other onion bulb.
Now for the preparation ….
** Pour the palm oil into a clean dry pot , add the potash water and mix until the color begins to turn yellow and the mixture becomes a thick paste.
*Add the crayfish, pepper,diced onions, ground ehuru(calabash nutmeg), ogiri and stock powder, mix thoroughly
* Next, add the ugba(ukpaka), chopped egg plant or garden eggs, the cooked stockfish and the kpomo. Mix well until all the ingredients are well blended.
*Finally, add the drained Abacha and salt to taste . Mix thoroughly.
*Place on low heat , until warm. Add the sliced garden egg leaves, stir well and transfer to a serving plate.
*Garnish the prepared Abacha (african salad), with the onion rings and fried fresh fish…Enjoy!
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