No Boil Base for Nigerian Stew

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Stew Base

This is my simple no boil method for Nigerian Tomato stew. The Original recipe for the 9jafoodie style stew is here. I have tried several method over the years but this method adds additional dept to the stew that is not achievable by simply boiling the ingredients.

The recipe modification as indicated in the original post allows you to achieve the same consistency without roasting or boiling the peppers. This is method requires you to actually boil the ingredients briefly and then blend.

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Recipe Modification for those without an Oven:

Prepare the same ingredients as listed above


  • Place the sauce ingredients in a pot and add in 1 cup of water

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  • Place on Low-Medium heat and boil for 10 – 15  minutes
  • Pour boiled peppers into a strainer to remove any excess water. Puree to a smooth paste

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  • The resulting base will be thick and will require no further boiling. Enjoy!!

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Alternatively: Place the ingredients in a pan, sprinkle with salt and pour over boiling water. allow to rest for 15-20 minutes. Strain and blend.

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By |January 5th, 2015|14 Comments


  1. Onyekwere March 18, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

    How many cups of puree does this make?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 27, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

      I didn’t measure. your yield will also vary based on how dry the peppers are.

  2. Abi December 7, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    I’m thinking of grilling it on a stovetop grill since I don’t have an oven. I’ve tried the other method and it turned out great but I want a smoky taste too. Lol. I’ll report back….

  3. Rafikipesa July 11, 2016 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Hi Ronke.
    Thank you for the feedback, but did you mean bake then turn to broil over the last 10 mins because my oven has only two options for bake and broil, it doesn’t have roast. And is it okay if i use habanero peppers if i don’t have the hot peppers or scotch bonnet peppers? For the jollof rice, i have jasmine rice does that require the same time as the basmati or parboiled rice?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 12, 2016 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      Yes bake then broil. Yes, habanero is fine. I wont suggest using Jasmine rice for jollof if you haven’t mastered basmati rice. Jasmine requires less water and less cook time.

  4. Rafikipesa July 10, 2016 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Hi Ronke. I have a few questions about this method, My oven has only two options- bake and broil. which of the two should i use to roast the ingredients? How can i also prevent the tomatoes from burning, should i use some cooking spray to prevent them from sticking on the pan. And after everything is cooked and i blend the ingredients to puree do i add tomato paste while blending?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 10, 2016 at 8:55 am - Reply

      Hello there.
      1) Use roast and switch to broil (this cooks the top) during the last 10 minutes of cooking
      2) Cooking spray will help a bit. Tomato skin is prone to burning but you can peel it off before blending. Use parchment paper to line the tray to prevent sticking.
      3) yes, add the paste while blending

  5. Ladyerika May 20, 2016 at 8:16 am - Reply

    9jafoodie aka Mrs Ronke
    Thank u so much for releasing this recipe
    All my life I hated making stew cos it always came out sour
    I said I don’t know how to make stew
    I tried this method..roasting d tomatoes n co
    And dear sisters in the Lord
    It came out lovely… the smell is beyond awesome.. and for once in my life I feel I ve accomplished this
    Thank you so much

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Awww this is great! thanks for the feedback.

  6. jumie May 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Tried the roasted one out and it came out so nice…..Thanks…

  7. Molly (@gingasnaps) March 25, 2016 at 10:46 am - Reply

    It sure does!!! Thanks for this,Ronke.

  8. Ella December 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Never thought of this idea does this method get rid of the sour taste?

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