How To Cook Nigerian Tomato Stew With Cowleg, Beef And Biscuit Bones

A serving of cow leg stew.
Cow leg stew can be tasteless if nothing is added to enhance the taste. In this case I added a little beef with biscuit bones to give taste to the pot of stew. Cow leg is nice to eat, but doesn't
enhance food taste. I cooked this cow leg stew to experiment the tip Ruthy gave about putting a fork in the bottom of the pot while boiling the cow leg. I also wanted to experiment with meat tenderizer.
Total time used to boil this cowleg with the fork and meat tenderizer was 2 hours. It took two hours to get really soft. I think, that time was too much compared to cooking cow leg with a pressure pot. OR What do you think?

I also think that without the fork and meat tenderizer, it would have taken longer to cook. That's my thoughts.
Parboiled green amaranth with boiled rice and cowleg stew
Washed cowleg in a pot
Adding meat tenderizer, onion, curry powder  and salt.
Ingredients:

  1. Water enough to cover the cowleg
  2. 1 Cow leg, medium size
  3. 1 small Onion to boil meat
  4. 1 teaspoon Curry powder
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Seasoned meat tenderizer or pressure cooker
  7. 1/2 kg Beef for taste
  8. 1kg Biscuit bones
  9. Tomatoes stew (This stew contained seasoning cubes, garlic, ginger and pepper). You can make your own tomato stew to use.

Adding washed beef and biscuit bones to the pot of  boiling cow leg
Adding cooked cowleg to tomato stew
Cow leg simmers in tomato stew and is poured into a pot and left to simmer till very tender and tasty
Cooked cowleg and biscuit bone tomato stew
Cowleg stew on boiled rice with  side of boiled green amaranth
Nigerian tomato stew served with  green vegetables and rice
This cowleg stew can be served with spaghetti, macaroni, boiled yam, plantain and boiled Irish potatoes.

Enjoy!
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Comments

  1. Sis Eya did u say 2hrs? Plz use a pressure cooker n d cowleg will be soft and tender in 20mins. In 2hrs I'd have cooked stew, soup, cook rice, make eba, wash up and tidy up, lol, I go don 4get say I cook sef.

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    1. Lizzy pls whats the make of that your pressure cooker? The one i have is so obviously fake. Just like an ordinary pot. I want to change it but dont know which one to buy.

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    2. The make of my pressure cooker is Tower.

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  2. i wld like to know the name of the pressure cooker as well..

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  3. Anonymous4/10/2013

    Me too, name of pressure cooker pls.

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  4. Anonymous4/10/2013

    Nice Aunty Eya, like the ladies have said pressure cooker is faster. Instead of beef, I add bushmeat or smoked cat fish to my cow leg stew for added taste.

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  5. Anonymous4/10/2013

    Aunty Eya, did u just say 2hrs!! I wanted experiment wit d fork tin, bur now NO is d answer.pls did u just boil d veg? No pepper, salt etc.wot wud it taste like? @ lizzy pls wots d brand of ur pressure cooker. Horlah

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    1. No Horlah, I added salt while boiling the veggies.

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  6. Adaure4/10/2013

    Sam here. If I boil cowleg wit my pressure pot 4 30mins, it bcoms too soft so 20 mins is jus enuf. Nd d make is Emel.

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  7. maggie4/10/2013

    @ aunty eya,2hrs!u probably bt female cow's leg,nxt tym buy d male legs,ow do I identify them?I jst tk a look ensure dey r thick,bulky n big!most tyms d female legs r usually slim n long.

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  8. Anonymous4/10/2013

    Wats meat tenderizer? I've bin in d mkt all day lookin 4 it and didn't want to ask d spice pple.lol

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    1. You asked everybody but the people who sell it;-)) the spice sellers. Ask the spice sellers.

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  9. Aunty Ojay one of dis lazy days ull post a step by step stew making cos my stew no de ever sweet. Thanks in advance

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    1. @Michie, chop and boil tomatoes before grinding. You'll get very tasty stew.

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    2. Anonymous4/11/2013

      Hi Eya,Pls how long do you boil the tomatoes b4 grinding?

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  10. I'm loving this. Funny enough, I was boiling cowleg the other day using pressure cooker, but it had been long, and I was more used to ordinary pot. I boiled for one hour thinking 2hrs for pot, 1hr for pressure cooker. Guess what, the meat dissolved, even the bone was falling apart! LOL...waste of money, but I learned my lesson. Like those here said, 20mins next time.

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    1. waohhh Myne so sorry about ur experience but i laughed@ the meat dissolved part must have been horrific when you opened it up..

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    2. Thanks Sykik and Shallie, I have learnt :)

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  11. @myne...lol...pele...I can't stop help laughing at your story. I had a similar experience when I used the pressure cooker for the first time.

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  12. Aunty Eya this looks really yum and i agree cowleg can be tasteless if you dont add other things.

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  13. chikoko4/10/2013

    Me I hv pressure cooker,but fear no dey let me use,I don't kw why,like I don't kw d qty of water to add to beans,cowleg,n also wen to open d pot,pls help

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    1. Same issue am having

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    2. Frances4/11/2013

      Me too, fear about quantity of water to add and when to open.
      Some one help me pls. I need to launch my longsuffering pressure pot this week.

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    3. Depending on your pressure cooker, only open when it stops steaming. Also, to avoid heat accidents, pour cold water over the cover of the pressure cooker for one minute before opening. But not while it's on the stove o, lol...put in the sink and run the tap over the top. On how much water to use, always make sure to have lots of water, better to pour the excess out after cooking than for your stuff to burn. Most important thing is to know the timing for each food.

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    4. Anonymous4/15/2013

      Thank you Myne Whitman

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  14. Anonymous4/10/2013

    U have started ojoro Eya. Where is my mail? I said take it easy with cow meat and funny spices (benny). Welldone tho, u rock.

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  15. Hi Michie and Anon, once tomatoes begin to boil, I leave for between 8 to 10 minutes before removing from heat, wait to cool or add cold water to cool, drain and blend with pepper and onion.

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    1. Did u add water to boil the chopped tomatoes or you just let it steam with the tomato juice? If you added water, pls what quantity? Thanks

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    2. Hi Omo,I add a glass of water or less when the tomato is very firm and dry like. When I chop very ripe soft tomatoes, I don't need to add any water to boil because the juice is enough to keep the pot from burning.

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  16. @ aunty eya, make sure u buy male cowlegs, use ur nails and pinch it,if it cuts or goes thru, den its soft, I use dis method a lot esp wen buyin goat meat.2. Make sure d fork is a gud,strong aluminium fork. Sumtyms a little potash helps too, just little,me na kerosene stove I dey use.aunty eya next tym mayb u can try marinating d cowleg(washn d cowlegs, add d spices, massage dem in with ur hands and put in d freezer for 1hr before boiling),I use dt method for oda meats(except shaki) and it works, hvnt used it for cowleg cos I hardly cook wit it.

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    1. Thank you Ruthy, I will try again.

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  17. Did I see dat fryin pan somewer again?

    Lolx.

    Tasty looking, but I do not know what type of vegetable this is.

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    1. Hi Naturesway, welcome!
      The vegetable is parboiled green amaranth.

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  18. Hi eya i wanna cook cow legs today for my nija man n his family for the first time:-) can i add any spices?

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    1. Yes Vivi, you can add spices. A pressure pot will help it cook faster.

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  19. Anonymous6/19/2013

    Another faster way to cook cowleg is adding Bicarbonate of soda use for baking in the cowleg.I boil my cowleg with bicarbonate of soda & because I don't really like the teast of bicarbonate so I don't add spice to it I boil the cow leg with just bicarbonate for 10 to 15 minutes its cooked then pour it out add fresh water and then add my spice & cook for another 5 minutes, pressure pot is very fast too. For those without pressure pot please try this.Thanks guys.

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  20. Anonymous7/26/2013

    This kind of meal I prefer cooked on an open fire. I like the smoky flavour that open fire cooking gives to some foods. But I will leave this kind of thing to my mother, or father to cook. I ain't got time for that.

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  21. Anonymous10/14/2013

    @Poster, if you dont have a pressure cooker, then do not add salt until it starts to boil. You can add other ingredients but dont add salt at the beginning until it boils. When you use this method, 30-45 mins is just enogh to cook the cowleg or head! this is the method I use and it works well for me.

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  22. Anonymous3/15/2014

    Hi Eya,pls step by step on how to prepare stew,I've nt heard bout boiling tomatoes b4 blending b4. Thanks

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  23. Anonymous8/30/2014

    Am cooking that female cow leg on electric cooker over an our have added curry thyme salt maggi including dinger and garlic paste yet to soft .pls what is meat tenderizer


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