We all know that cooking Nigerian tomato stew can be very easy, but tricky at the same time, as it can turn out sour or taste like raw tomatoes.
Haven’t you ever experienced times when you shop for the best parts of beef, chicken, goat meat and all to cook a great pot of stew, then at the end of the day, you get disappointing results?
For these reasons, a lot of care needs to be taken while preparing tomato stew.
There are some very simple personal tricks and secrets that I would be sharing with you now.
follow this article till the end.
Here’s a few list of them.
1) Select the best type of tomatoes and pepper: anytime you are shopping for tomatoes pepper, make sure you go for the best type you can find around.
don’t select the rotten ones cause they are cheap. you will be disappointed!
2) Always steam your blended Tomatoes and Pepper: One secret to cooking the perfect Nigerian stew, that has never failed overtime is by boiling the tomatoes, pepper and onion mixture immediate after blending.
Boil till it’s very thick (like tin tomatoes consistency).
The steaming or boiling of the tomatoes allows the sour water to escape or evaporate out; leaving the real tomato content with less water.
This makes it easier for you to fry the tomato without much water in it.
This method preserves the nutrients in the tomatoes and reduces the frying time.
By using this method, the stew hardly gets burnt because the water content is small.
If you try this, you’ll be amazed at the perfect result you’ll get.
it works for me all the time
When you are boiling, you don´t really need to stir it, just monitor with your eyes till it thickens.
3) Fry the tomato stew properly: When you fry your tomato stew very well, it removes any water and acidic contents in it.
This must be done properly by continuously stirring the stew as it is being fried.
Continuous stirring prevents it from getting burnt, before the water content is properly removed.
How do you know it’s fried enough?
Lift some quantity with your frying spoon, You´ll notice that even in the spoon, the tomato will continue frying (showing heat bubbles) for a few seconds before it stops.
Then you´re good to go. Go ahead and add your other ingredients.
4) Add meat or fish stock: This helps to blind any sour taste of tomato stew, especially if you have prepared the stew already and you want to fix the sour taste.
Use a small amount of the meat or fish stock so as not to make it watery or too salty.
You can also add some spices like nutmeg, curry, thyme, chicken, or beef spice.
One or two of these spices might help blind the sour taste in the tomato stew.
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