Yoruba Traditional Cooking – Part 2–The Ingredients

In this installment I am covering the ingredients you need to prepare this meal. Most of the ingredients are things you will have on hand, but some things will need to be purchased from an African Grocery or Asian grocery store. Some things may even be found in a Mexican/Latin grocery store. If you need help locating an item, let me know.

Once this series is complete you will be able to access a printable file via ziplist.

Here are the ingredients we will be using in this meal:

Meats:

2 Ibs each chicken  thighs and drumsticks.
2 Ibs goat meat, found in African or Asian grocery. I like Goat meat.  As in A LOT. My kids don’t like it, so I make the chicken for them. If you want to skip either meat, you can just double up.
If using just chicken, I’d use a whole cut up chicken.
If you’d rather skip the meat, I’m sorry, I can’t help you there…it’s just not the same!

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Spices:

Jamaican Curry
Thyme
Bouillon cubes (I like the Maggi Brand, I’ve only ever found them in the African or Asian grocery store)
Salt
Dried Shrimp (African Grocery store)

Produce:

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1 Ib  Okra – Fresh or frozen found in your local grocery
4 ripe medium sized tomatoes
1 sweet red pepper
1 habanero pepper
2 large onions, white or red

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Other:

Red Palm Oil – African or Asian Grocery store or here
Vegetable or Canola Oil
Iyan powder – found in your local African or Asian Grocery Store, or here:
1 6oz can Tomato Paste

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(please excuse my abused bottle Smile)

Now that we’ve got our ingredients, let’s get ready to rumble!

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Missed a post? Here are the other parts:

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: The Ingredients/Shopping List

Part 3: Prepping the meats
Part 4: Making the Stew/Obe Ata
Part 5: Okra Stew!
Part 6: The Pounded Yam (Iyan)
Part 7: Putting it all together/Conclusion