Very Spicy Ewuro Cowpeas and Bitter Leaf Stew Recipe

Learn about cowpeas and bitter leaf recipes
Learn about easy to make cowpeas and bitter leaf Ewuro recipes.Cowpeas originated in Africa. The cowpea is also commonly referred to as black-eyed pea however; the bean is a variety of the cowpea. Cowpeas are an important staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa. Cowpeas are a valuable source of vegetable protein, vitamins as well as valuable income. 
Bitterleaf is a widely used cooking vegetable throughout Africa. Bitter leaf has a strong odor and a bitter taste. Yoruba people call bitter leaf Ewuro and the Igbo tribe Onugbu. The bitter leaf grows in a large range of biological zones in Africa, produces many leaves, and is drought tolerant. Here is an easy recipe for Spicy Vegetarian Cowpeas and Bitter Leaf Stew.

Very Spicy Ewuro Cowpeas and Bitter Leaf Stew Recipe

Ingredients 2 cups dry cowpeas or black-eyed peas 2 scallions, chopped 3 handfuls of chopped bitter leaf 1 potato, chopped into large chunks 3 cloves whole garlic 1 red chili pepper 5 cups water …

Homemade Indian Spices

Homemade Indian Spices

Garam Masala is the Indian equivalent of French herbs de Provence or Chinese five-spice powder. Traditionally, South African Indian recipes call for garam masala, a blend of seven spices, cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. 

Spices give South African Indian cuisine its unique flavor and character. Most South African Indian recipes call for many different types of spices, many you may never have used. 

Do not assume that these Indian spices are hard to find, most are to be found in your local supermarkets, and if you cannot find them there, visit the local Indian grocery store.
Garam masala is a strong spice mixture and is the heart of most Indian dishes.
Homemade Garam Masala
Ingredients ½ teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cardamom ½ teaspoon ground cloves ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions Mix all spices in a bowl, place mix in an airtight co…

South African Soft Fruit Spread Apricot Raisin Recipe

South African Soft Fruit Spread Apricot Raisin Recipe
South African soft fruit spread apricot raisin recipe is known as blatjang or chutney. Soft fruit spreads are a versatile staple to any kitchen and is an African pantry essential.
Apricot raisin soft fruit spread goes great with any pastry to barbeque meat recipe. African soft fruit spread is a versatile staple to any kitchen and is a thick sauce that contains fruits, vinegar, sugar, and spices and is used as a condiment. 

South African Soft Fruit Spread Apricot Raisin Recipe

1/3 cup malt vinegar
1 cup dried chopped apricots
1 cup seedless golden raisins
¼ cup finely chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons dried onions
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions Soak apricots and raisins in 3 cups of water inside a large bowl for 2 hours. Add all ingredients including soaking water in a large pot and simmer 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly pour into jars. Allow cooling on…

List of Helpful Herbal Medicines

List of Helpful Herbal Medicines

African herbal medicine list that may help with the symptoms of HIV AIDS.

Fresh organic herbs will help improve digestion, promote healthy appetite, and naturally preserve foods; African herbal medicines can support the treatment of many symptoms of opportunistic infections that are associated with HIV AIDS. A list of herbs and the beneficial effects by people living with HIV AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa are given in the table below.

List of herbal medicines and their uses

HIV AIDS is not a traditional African illness and so far, there is no hard evidence to believe that traditional African medicines can treat HIV and cure AIDS. The effects may not be the same for all people.

People can try these herbs and spices in moderation and decide for themselves whether they are helpful. In Africa, 25.6 million people were living with HIV in 2016 and Africa also accounted for almost two thirds of the global total of new HIV infections.
Remember that all herbs sho…

Honey Turmeric Tea Recipe

Honey Turmeric Tea Recipe Making turmeric tea takes about 5 minutes using fresh whole foods turmeric. Using the root of turmeric brewed and sweetened with honey is an ancient remedy for mild gastric difficulties.
Turmeric is a golden yellow powder and the main spice in curry having a warm, bitter taste.

Turmeric Tea

3 cups of water 1 medium piece fresh turmeric Honey or sugar to taste

Add all ingredients to a small pot simmer 5 minutes. Strain and serve warm.

Did you know?

Turmeric is a perennial herb of the ginger family cultivated in many African countries such as Uganda. Turmeric has a long history of medicinal use, dating back thousands of years. Turmeric is a golden yellow powder and the main spice in curry having a warm, bitter taste. Although typically used in its dried, powdered form, turmeric also is used fresh, like ginger. 

How to Eat Chutney

How to Eat Chutney

Chutney Recipe Durban in South Africa has one of the largest concentrations of Indian people outside of India and South African Indian food recipes are a source of pride.

How to eat chutney by making your best mango chutney recipe using fresh or frozen mangoes. Chutney is eaten with many meals in South African Indian homes, especially with curries and rice.

African Recipes by African Gourmet

Use mango chutney in place of relish, mustard, ketchup and salsa. Tropical mangoes are among the sweetest natural foods and contain more sugar than sweet carrots.

Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 30 Total time: 40 min

What is chutney you ask, popular in South Africa; chutney is a sort of a combination pickle and preserve. It is usually made rather sweetly and very hot, and is eaten with curry and rice.

Creamy Mango Chutney Recipe
Ingredients 2 cups frozen finely chopped mangoes ½ onion, finely chopped ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 1 cup sugar 1 cup golden raisins 1 tablespoon minced garli…

Infuse your life with food from Ghana

Infuse your life with food from Ghana.
Tankora is a classic dry peanut-spice rub made famous by street food vendors of Ghana. The distinctive flavor of Ghana street food comes from the dry peanut-spice rub used to coat the meat and veggies.

Ghana is famous for dry rub recipes. Spice blends using peanuts are a time tested street food recipe for classic grilled beef meats, pork, chicken, fish, and veggies.

Ghana Dry Rub Recipe for Veggie Kabobs
Ingredients1 cup roasted peanuts 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 1 bouillon cube crushed ¼ teaspoon ginger ¼ teaspoon cloves

Directions Add all spices to a coffee grinder and grind carefully taking care not to over process the mixture or it will turn into peanut butter. The texture should resemble fine breadcrumbs. Rub spice mix on uncooked meat, rest for 15 minutes and grill kebabs as usual. Store unused portions in an airtight container or keep in the freezer in a sealable plastic bag.

African Water Spirit Mami W…