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Egusi Spinach (Cameroon)

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serves/makes:   4
  

recipe id: 724
cook method: stovetop

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ingredients

2 pounds spinach
6 tablespoons peanut oil
4 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small slice ginger, finely chopped
1/4 pound egusi, ground
2/3 cup water
hot pepper, to taste
salt, to taste

directions

"In Cameroon the green-leafed vegetable traditionally added to an egusi-based stew is called bitterleaf. This combination makes a delicious sauce called Ndole which is never absent at wedding celebrations. many other leafy vegetables could be used to make similar sauces when bitterleaf is out of season. In such cases the sauce is named after the vegetable it contains, such as egusi spinach and egusi cabbage. If green vegetables are used, do not cover the saucepan when cooking, as this helps to keep the fresh green appearance. Fried pieces of fish or meat can be added, if desired."

Slice the spinach, a small bundle at a time, quite finely. Put into a large bowl and pour over it a kettleful of boiling water, then immediately pour the water off. When a bit cooled, press the spinach in a sieve or colander to remove excess water. Set aside. Mix the egusi in a bowl with enough water to form a paste. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, and add the tomatoes, onion, garlic and ginger. Mix well and fry together for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the egusi paste, water, hot pepper and salt. Cook for approximately 10 minutes. Add the spinach, stir well into the sauce and cook for 15 minutes. Stir well. Do not cover the saucepan. serve with boiled rice or root vegetables.

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nutrition

274 calories, 22 grams fat, 18 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams protein per serving.
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