Situated on the west coastal region of Africa is Sierra Leone. A country so popular for its rich cuisine which spreads across all it’s 16 tribes.
Its cuisine unifies the country with rice being the traditional dish. Since rice here is commonly enjoyed with slight stews along with different meat choices, having the knowledge to prepare all kinds of stews especially the Yebe stews is important to make eating rice even more exciting.
When it comes to all real authentic African stews, they must be perfectly spiced. Yet, every recipe requires vigilance, especially when seasoning. Just like most type of cooking, a slight mistake on the quantity will adversely affect the final results.
Sierra Leone Yebe stews needs a balance of spice and nice taste to retain its authenticity, thus its one of the most popular stews enjoyed there. The delicacy is associated with the Mende tribe who speaks Mande language. The Mendes are mostly known for farming and their soils are great for growing cassava, yams, and rice.
Yebe stew reflects the harvest of the Mendes in that it basically combines cassavas, yams, chicken, onions, stock, chili, and other traditional spices. The resulting dish is vibrant and savory.
Now that you’ve gained some idea on Yebe stew and its background information, let’s jump right into our recipe.
- Cassava 500g
- Yams 250g
- Chicken 250g (reduced into sizeable pieces)
- Two medium onions (chopped)
- Four garlic cloves
- Two ginger pieces (julienne sliced)
- Turmeric one tbsp.
- Two tomatoes (blended to tomato puree)
- Olive or coconut oil
- Parsley one bunch
- Maggi cubes (optional)
- Boil your chicken in Maggi seasoned water until tender over medium heat
- As your chicken cooks, peel your cassavas and reduce it to small pieces. Bring them to boil in a salt and turmeric water for 20 minutes
- In another pan, bring your yams to cook for 25 to 35 minutes over medium heat
- Once your chicken is tender, transfer the stock to a different bowl
- Drain all the water from your cassavas and yams. Set aside for the yams to cool down. Peel the yams and reduce them into small pieces
- In another saucepan, heat your cooking oil and sauté onions, garlic, and ginger for one minute
- Add your tomato puree and stir for another one minute
- Add your chicken and stir for three minutes. Add your cassava, yams, chili, and chicken stock. Keep stirring and taste your stew at this stage to check if the spices are well balanced according to your preferences. If not, you can add more.
- Let it cook for five minutes and turn off the heat. Add your parsley and simmer for two minutes then serve with rice.
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