So for the love of stock fish, I named mine stocky. I have Friends send me Palm oil & Palm Butter,and some times Palm Wine. But will like to contribute sth. HEY GREAT RECIPE YOU HAVE HERE . Do you use raw peanuts as the sauce base or do the peanuts need to be roasted? But I would say mix the bitterleaf with spinach next time. Let it cool and blend/pulse in a food processor or blender into a fine consistency use water to facilitate the blending .Add to the mixture of beef and stockfish. Perhaps watching me make some could help you. That’s why it called ndole. Bring to boil then add your blended groundnuts and bring to boil. We get our bitter-leaves dried from Africa or African Markets. Add to the mixture of beef and rockfish. Which would you recommend? The aim of mixing is to reduce the lumps, giving a smooth texture to … bitter leave 4 cups peanut 4 habanero fresh peppers 3-bouillon cube 1/4 cup crayfish 1teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon Garlic 1pound meat of choice 1 small smoke fish (optional) 1 onion 1 medium green pepper (optional) Salt to taste 2 cups canola oil 1″ Limestone. If you wish, you could make this just with spinach. So happy hear this. You should have about 3 cups of stock from the meat and stock fish. Often referred to as the national dish of my home country Cameroon. Maybe I did t add enough water or spinach/bitter leaf? Do let me know how this turns out for you. Remove oil from the fire and pour into the vegetable pot. Thank you. Also what is stockfish – is this dried or fresh fish? Or such omit completely and double the shrimp. Thanks for stopping by! You are right it is not peanut butter . The shrimps and fried onions should it be added to the ndole with the oil. Half teaspoon of baking SODA (for blanching vegetables) ¼ cup crayfish- coarsely blended. When you love something so much, you give it a pet name. In Cameroon, stock fish is locally called, "Mukanjo." It is mostly available in Asian or Indian markets. Just try addx sm ground white pepper2 mins to end of cooking n get n excellent aroma! That man can cook. Rinse thoroughly and drain. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It is my goal to try and prepare one of your recipes each week. I live in Los Angeles and everything is sold by the pound. It's much more fun together. I really appreciate it. Add the Ndole (bitter leaf) and cook 10-15 minutes until you obtain a thick paste ” Casserole”.The Base of your Ndole is Done. This dish transcends boarders… Sooooo enjoyable!!! Some of the oil is used for frying the beef. Remember the left over half onion? “ Ndole “ is a meal that originates from the Littoral region of Cameroon. Hope this helps. It is very delicious. Palm oil or groundnut oil. I was born in my father’s native country of Cameroon and grew up in Yaounde until I moved to my mother’s native country of the United States back when I was in high school in 1996. Hi Imma, Thanks for the awesome feedback. Thank you !!!! wonderful dish indeed my dear.Thanks for the recipe.will definitely try this version.May the good Lord continue to provide you with more recipes and bless your work.Your hussy is a very lucky man!cheese, Me ah wan me na ele that ndole and njanga , Even a novice will get to experience and taste the dishes that make our Cameroonian cookery unique the world over. Recommended for everyone, even vegetarians. However, you do not get the bitter flavor which gives ndole it’s distinctive flavor. You are welcome, dear. Leave to cook for about 15 minutes. Somebody say, Ndole! Hi Jennie, the 3 cups are after blanching. Happy Cooking !! i made some using bittermelon leaves…is that a good alternative to bitter leaf? Cant wait to try. I'll definitely try that next time. Oct 1, 2020 - Oh-la-la! lolBon appetite. Glad you enjoyed it !!! Add the shrimp, stirring constantly until they just turn pink. That is what gives it its authentic taste! Do you have any guidance on how to make a vegan version of this dish?? Rinse the vegetable with warm water several times until it becomes less salty, squeeze out the water and put into a bowl Wash the meat and put into a put … Enjoy your meal In this recipe I mixed Put in a clean pot and cover plantain with water. Spinach is a good replacement, if good quality bitter leaves is not available. And I love to tell stories too. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe! Add the greens and simmer, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. I have made this twice, doubled the amount the 2nd time, and froze them in small containers. Method This makes me so happy!I'm glad you found our Ndole uniquely delicious. I was too impatient to let my plantains boil to perfection. First, what kind of skinless peanuts do you use to make ndole as there are tons of different types of peanuts I see online? Sorry, I’m not a peanut expert, but would like to know the type of peanut I should look for. Hi! The sweet ndole dat sent me to the kitchen on Thursday evening. That's the power of Ndole! I just picked up one in Maryland and have yet to try it. Here is my pot of stocky (Oops! I mix spinach and bitter leaf for my Ndole. Good for the body given its base is vegetable. Give that a good mix, let it simmer for about 5 minutes and turn off the heat. In a large pan season meat with salt, maggi and onions and boil until tender depending on the choice of meat. I would go with go with chicken- I actually prefer chicken over beef. I can’t wait to try more! Many thanks! … Will let you know if I find anything and will definitely let u know if my cooking is successful. The volume of water will depend on the quantity of your fufu. I think it makes a huge difference, ndole that has a pronounce green color uses fresh bitter leaves or one that has been lightly dried. Wow waiting to prepare this for my wife on her next weekend at home hahahahahahahahaha. Thank you!! This Ndole recipe was my very favorite (and my husband loved it too!) Everything was wonderful. Submit your question or recipe review here. It's the traditional dish of the people found in the littoral region of Cameroon. When i google it, it says cod. Hello, everyone! the dish tastes pretty good but i think i added toooo many bittermelon leaves, as it was a bit too, well…bitter. Well my other Cameroonian frnd taught me how to cook ndole and koki. I don’t know if I’m saying it right. So by 1 pound do you mean 1 lump? Anywho, I’m definitely going to try it and get back to you. Additional information. While the pot of ndole is simmering, heat oil in a fry pan or, preferably a cast iron. I read a great book about the healthfulness of traditional diets and it mentioned the Cameroonian diet so I was curious to try some. Put your groundnuts in a pot and let it boil. Happy cooking, I love that but bitterleaf need not be bitter after washing it.cuz we wash it here with what we call here«cangwa».what we do is we boil water first and when d water is boile we put in enough cangwa and bitterleaf.when d bitterleaf get soft u take out from d fire and wash with hands ensurx u wash every trace of d cangwa.rince well and it’s ready now to be used. Hi Michael, Glad you are here. If you leave the spinach in there for too long, it will get too soft and you may not like it. Finally incorporate the mixture of shrimp, onions and oil into the pot of Ndole. I had to blend the groundnuts in three batches. This article explains how to cook the eru in the Cameroonian style. It is still delicious without it. how bitter should this ndole taste? Just want to know for next time when I make it. In this recipe I mixed dried bitterleaf with some spinach. When my ex-husband made it, it was so good. I suppose it’s not peanut butter right? The peanuts I use are skinless and are available at Indian or Asian markets. If I am looking in the freezer department will the bitter leaves be labeled “bitter leaves” or do they have another name? It is goooood! Ndole witi njanga di sweet no be small. Yes, most people do. My husband is cameroonian and i am now trying to learn how to prepare some meals of his home land. I don't talk with her a lot coz she is a bit distance from me. Slice and add the remaining onions stir for a few more minutes. I hear you ! Lucky for me, Cameroon was #2 on my list of countries, so I tried out your ndole, along with some fufu and boiled plantains! Non-African who is trying her hand at new foods from different countries. Thanks for dropping a comment, dear. Taste to ensure seasoning is balanced. Thank you for that wonderful feedback. Slice and add the remaining onions stir for a few more minutes. Our Cameroonian recipe of ndole doesn’t include spinach. Ask one of the associates , if you can’t find it. Tried your mbongo the other day and it was a blast at home! I love hearing from you! hehe. […] My brother-in-law who was to receive us asked us to buy all sorts of dried vegetables – bitterleaf, njama njama, we even bought dried waterleaf (all popular leafy greens in Cameroon). Allow to cool and blend in a blender to get an excellent consistency and make blending easier with water. Bitter leaf is one of those vegetables that can be cultivated anywhere as oppose to certain vegetables that can only flourish in certain temperatures and places. What I do is add spinach to the soup to counter the bitterness. In this episode I show you how to make Ndole. It can be eaten with ripe plantain, sweet potatoes, rice, cassava or miondo. Slice and add the remaining onions, stir for a few more minutes. 2, Season Stockfish and steam separately till soft. I am glad this worked out for you an that you knew how to improvise :). Thanks for the feedback! I love making my Ndole with beef or beef feet (foot cow) but this time I had just stock fish at home and I wasn't about to take a 20 minute trip to a store to get my choice meat. We largely followed this recipe, but omitted the beef and smoked […], Your email address will not be published. So I doubled this recipe but it came out kind of pasty??? I’ve been looking for this recipe for sometime now. Let me know how it works for you! I did reduce the oil a bit, but still wonderful. If I could eat this every day I would, It is rich, high in calories and loved by many. You have to wash it (rubbing the leaves together) thoroughly before cooking till most of the bitterness is gone. Is the skinless peanut the same as roasted peanut here? Stock fish is un salted dried fish. And go heavy on the spinach. So add in this baby and the other seasoning cubes. I tried preparing this recipe and while it tasted delicious, the dried bitter-leaf I used stayed very stringy and in a tangled mass in the stew pot. Thank you so much. Then in our […], […] fish, smoked or fresh beef, prawns and seasoned with the ubiquitous Maggi cube. If using dry bitter leaves soak overnight and cook for 15 minutes using 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda. In your kitchen. Hi Sarah, sorry to hear about this. Money get for add for ya repe U wise nor? Also, do you know any great online websites you could share where I could buy the ingredients I will need to make ndole and African food in general? Thats how i do mine. Now if only I could also make Miondo/Bobolo here in the United States I would feel complete :-). Add them to your pot of vegetable and groundnuts. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan. So drool-worthy! Some African stores now carry fresh bitter leaves packaged by Nina International. The shrimps are done when they turn pink. Leave to boil till the groundnut looses all its raw smell and taste. – Any skinless peanuts would work – really do not have preference, you can easily pick get them in Asian super markets. Turn regularly to prevent that the paste does not stick to the bottom of the pan. A dish I learned to cook from my childhood friend Lawrence, who is an amazing cook. I am Nigrian. Check me out on YouTube at It is most often made with peanuts that have their skin removed . The ingredients needed to prepare this meal are the following: Thoroughly washed bitter leaf Groundnuts Ginger and Garlic Crayfish Dry fish Pepper Onion White pepper… The baking soda helps the vegetables retain their green colour just like "Akangwa" or "Kangwa" (lime stone). If you attend a Cameroonian party it is always present and when cooked properly flies off the table. You might have to add more later, Add the bitter leaves or spinach to the pot. Since I had stock fish at home so I decided to add shrimps to it in order to make it a seafood version of the meal. I traced my ancestry to Cameroon and love to cook. Just wondering about the amount of spinach, are the 3 cups measured before or after blanching? Jason, bitterleaf should be slightly bitter after washing. I’m definitely going to try this. More About Me…, Copyright © 2021 Precious Core on the Brunch Pro Theme. I have cooked ndole with spinach only and it taste great. Step 2: Mix ☆ Mix properly with small volume of water. What kind of oil did you use. Dry Crayfish can be bought in African Stores and if you are lucky you can get some at hispanic or asian markets. @ImmaculateBites and be sure to leave a rating below! Turn left then you'll see one yellow mammy frying Puff Puff. Finally, incorporate the mixture of shrimp, onions and oil into the pot of ndole. Pour vegetable onto a strainer and immediately run cold water on it. Here is maggi crevette, the crayfish seasoning cube. Where do you get/buy the peanut? Thanks. Stir for a few minutes and serve hot with any of the sides mentioned above. Yes, please. Hi Rachel, I'm not sure I understand your question well. Learn how your comment data is processed. Fourth stage: one incorporates in the ndole either shrimps or smoked fish or meat. Looking forward to your feedback, Sandrine :). Thank you very much! Sautee the rest of the … Tank you! How to cook Water fufu; Making Fufu (Cassava fufu) Step1: Prepare your heat source. Thats how i do mine. I am thinking of making it with fresh spinach for a start as I don’t have ndole readily available and the last time I tried a yr ago w Ndole it was extremely bitter and not edible… I also used peanut butter… u can imagine what kind of disaster that was. If you are not a fan of shrimps, seafood and other things like that please just use regular meat. Add the chopped tomatoes, reduce heat, and simmer for about 3 minutes. For me, I always want the bitterleaf in there. **Happy Dance** Glad you love it, Michelle, as much as I do. Welcome to my core! Love u so much 4 e shrimps. Thanks for the recipes. You want to aim for Grannie or Mama grade Ndolé. I’ll try looking at Indian or Asian markets. Hope you can show me how to cook … Lol, Hahahaha, best description ever. Keep, cook, capture and share with your cookbook in the cloud. 2 cups of peeled groundnuts (also called called peanuts) 3 cups of bitterleaf and/or spinach. A combination of peanuts, bitter leaves (substitute spinach), meat (stock fish, shrimp,) crayfish (dried shrimp) and oil. While I’m continuing to do my online research, I have a few questions I would really appreciate if you could help me answer them or point me in the right direction. Hi Maria. I used smoked turkey legs, but I omitted the crayfish, and this dish was still the BOMB! (about 2 cups )Groundnuts/Peanuts(Skinless), Did you make this recipe? Add in the boiled beef, cover and let it simmer for 5-7 mins. I love hearing how it turned out! Stir and simmer for several minutes more. I need help. If using fresh bitterleaf, skip this stage. I love your web-site,Uncle Bill. 5 cloves of garlic. Pour the peanut paste into the onions and give it a good stir. Hi dear! Yes!!! SUPER GALORIAN: First Cooking Coach in San Diego and in California MY SHARE OFFER: I will prepare a delicious mean or I will show you how to make the best homemade dish from my home country Cameroon, Central Africa. Turned out good but I may have put too much peanuts. Add the crayfish (crushed dried shrimp). Hi Gerald, Do let me know how it works out for you . For my health conscious peeps; cut back on the the oil and peanuts. The baking soda of kangwa causes it to foam. Hahaha I like you! You probably needed more water or vegetable. If you can’t get a hold of bitter leaves then by all means use spinach. But will like 2 contribute sth. So two minutes it is. Thanks so much for the great recipes. Oh-la-la! Look at that contrast in colour between the dried bitterleaf and fresh spinach! Here are the cooked groundnuts with very little water left which I used in the blending process. 1 inch of ginger. What would your recommendation be? Ndolé is attributed to one of those groups, the Duala, who live around the coast and the Wouri estuary, centered aro… Hi Maria, it could be both. Hello and thank you for this recipe. Seasoned with spices and hot oil, ndolé can be cooked with either fish or meat I just finished a plate of Ndole. Cook 20 mn 10 mn before the end of cooking ndole leaves, heat the remaining oil and make the shrimp jump to it. Start the boiling and blanching process. Kelsey where do you get your bitter leaves? Can you make a video of you making it. I’m excited to make this lovely dish, but a couple of my dining companions do not eat beef. I'm just about to try this now. I am sorry to question this but i want to be sure. A big AMEN to your prayers. I can only hope I did you justice! Yes your lucky day. It’s dried cod fish. Ok, so I tried this for the 2nd time1st I used spinach Which I liked but this time I used frozen bitter leaf which tasted it and it has a bitter taste, lol I know that's what it's called but should I have Cooked it longer, I need your help i'm confused. In the last step#7 it says(Finally incorporate the mixture of shrimp, onions and oil into the pot of Ndole. Thanks very much! Hope this helps. Absolutely ah-mazing! However, I have read that baking soda may harm some nutrients in vegetables so if that is a concern to you, you may want to skip that. This is for those that want to try it out that don’t have all the ingredients available . Please, please, please if you try this recipe do let me know. Sauté for 3 minutes. I made it for my husband (he’s Cameroonian) and he did a happy dance and declared it “restaurant-grade ndole”! Thanks for pointing that out! Reserve the rest or freeze it. Love u so so much 4 e shrimps idea. you can serve this food with either yams,rice,cocoyam,plantains etc.. source HERE'S WHAT'S UP: PICTURES AND MORE PICTURES ». I don’t see why not. So soak your bitterleaf if dried before blanching. Heat 2 Tablespoons of oil in a large pot and add the onions, garlic, and ginger. I love peanuts I definitely will be trying this out and linking back to you. Yes, I use it all the time-Half and half . Taste the salt and season as needed. Using carbonated soda can also aid in this process. So excited to have you here ! Both species of eru are highly nutritious and an important source of protein, essential amino acids, and minerals. True to its name, bitter leaf is very bitter. Through your blog I discovered Nina International which made me very excited because I never knew I could buy bitter leaves online, let alone in the United States. Wooooowwww... wld like to contribute sth. Season with salt and Maggi. Hi is the 668kcal per meal/servings or for the whole pot ?? You can even eat this deliciousness with boiled rice or garri. However, you can use peanuts with skin if you can’t find the latter. Saute onions, then add shrimps (if using) and let them cook. Method making Ndole Sauce 1, Season the beef with onion, salt, pepper and beef seasoning and steam till soft. Hello, Hi. Hope you find recipes here that will make cooking easier for you! Happy cooking!! Almost 20 years since I made this dish. Thanks for stopping by! Ndolé is one of the two national dishes of Cameroon, traditionally made with boiled bitterleaf, peanuts, and melon seeds. This is a meal originating from the Littoral region of Cameroon and is among the favorite dishes from Cameroon loved even by foreigners. Let it sit for TWO minutes. I wanted the spinach for its freshness and also to neutralise the bitter taste of the bitterleaf. 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