10 Nigerian Cooking Tips By Monique

Hi Eya, I noticed from your blog description that you are supposed to be giving us Nigerian cooking tips which I haven't seen. Ok, I am going to share the little I know hoping  other people help me out:

  1. When boiling beans or corn, do not add salt. Wait till they are tender before salting.
  2. Smelly spices like dadawa should not be added to tomato stew, they are good with Nigerian soups and porridges.
  3. Porridges taste better with smoked fish. Beef enhances the taste of food but does not flow with yam, potato or plantain porridge.
  4. Do not add green leafy vegetables at the beginning or middle.Vegetables should be the last ingredient added to the pot.
  5. Cook with as little seasoning as possible. Too much seasoning changes the natural flavor of your food.
  6. Tomato stew cam be cooked without necessarily frying.
  7. Beef must be boiled until juice dries up before adding water. Never add washed beef to a pot of water.
  8. Adding green vegetables to ogbono soup dissolves ogbono lumps.
  9. Boiled chicken must be left to simmer if you must enjoy great chicken taste.
  10. Palm oil and sardines is a wrong combination. When you cook with sardines, use other cooking oils.

Comments

  1. Anonymous6/08/2013

    These are your personal rules and shudnt have 'MUST' and DON'T' tags on them. Everyone has plenty methods which turn out great. And I thot one of those kind of dawadawa spices is used in making ofada stew?? Mmmmm

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  2. Anonymous6/08/2013

    nice one dear. all them itk will come and castigate now esp if the poster is not an ass licker or voltron of the 'goddesses in WC. just like they did in that transparency and secret post. mscheeeew

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  3. mizOsa6/08/2013

    Pls I dnt understand no 7.

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    1. Anonymous6/08/2013

      Me too. Isnt it water you boil it with in the first place?. And the part abt washed meat in water?? Doesn't make sense.

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    2. Anonymous6/09/2013

      Same here, the juice of the beef should dry up before adding water, how????

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    3. Anonymous6/09/2013

      Wen u wash ur meat and begin to boil it, water comes out of the meat. So u shud allow that water dry up first b4 adding more water if it is nt soft. But sometimes if d meat has been in sun for a long time, this water may have dried up so u ll v to start wit little water

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  4. Cool. But I don't really get number 1 and 7 though. I don't cook corn with salt. People do that?

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    1. Anonymous6/09/2013

      Nope you shouldn't cook corn or beans with salt from d start, it becomes too strong and won't done or may take longer time to.

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  5. Anonymous6/08/2013

    That number 6 get as e be oo. The stew go dey taste like wetin person no know naa

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    1. Dats nt true,u can cook ur stew witout fryin n it'l cum out great. For instance,I add my cooked tomato n pepper in2 my well spiced meat water afta d meat is cooked. Wen u pour in ur tomato,taste n add wateva u tink is missing n a lil g-nut oil(chicken or turkey brings out some oil so u dnt hv 2 add so much oil again. Close d pot,leave 2 cook n keep watchin till its ready. Its as gud as frying,I prefer dis method sometyms. #ENJOY#

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  6. Anonymous6/08/2013

    I think what she means is that you spice up ur beef, cook it on low heat with just d natural juice. This allows all d spices get in properly. When its drying up is when u add water bit by bit.Remzy

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  7. Anonymous6/08/2013

    These are great tips and it's these little little things that make the difference Btwn a great cook and an average one

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  8. Thanks for the tips. No 3,7 and 8, hmmm. Didnt know about Veg dissolving ogbono and been boiling my meat with water since time immemorial. I think I get what the poster means though.

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  9. Anonymous6/09/2013

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  10. beauty6/09/2013

    I dis agree with numba 10. Sardine and palm oil taste really good for me

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  11. Anonymous6/09/2013

    Same here sardine and palm oil taste so good,with pepper,onion and salt.it goes so well with yam

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    1. beauty6/09/2013

      U b correct cook. Dats how I enjoy mine tew. So yummy esp with yam

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  12. I make sardine with palm oil for my mum and the taste comes out so well. So I disagree with u on that

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  13. Nice tips Monique but I beg to disagree with tip 8: Adding green vegetables to ogbono soup dissolves ogbono lumps.

    I add green vegetables to ogbono because they spice and make the soup appealing to the eye. If vegetable isn't added, the ogbono will look like watery poo (my apologies). Even when I cook without the veggies, no lump forms.

    IMO, the lumps occur because of the way the ground ogbono is added to the boiling mixture. Add it bit by bit and take time to stir it so as to dissolve properly.

    Also, I add water to meat when I cook. It's an act I was brought up with. I'll give your method a try when I have the craving for meat.

    Thank you!

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  14. I so love these tips especially nos 3 & 7 these are what makes the difference between good cooks and according to my mom "ndi n'agba kpuru kpuru na kitchen" lol(those that run round and round in the kitchen in the name of cooking lol).People don't realize that beef used in soups should and do have taste but when they boil beef in water, how would it? And cooking plantain pottage with smoked fish? Pure bliss

    Thank you poster. Please aunty Eya and other WC readers please keep these tips coming they are one of my main aims of visiting food blogs.

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  15. yea!no 1 aunt tought that...I dont tink a newly havested corn would need salt 2 b added whil cookin

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  16. Its very worth reading this blog, i liked it... thanks for sharing and if you are cooking lover than check one link of 'Indian Recipes cooking show', 'Indian Cooking Recipe', 'Indian Cooking' its awesome & helpful.

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