Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Ose-Oji (Nigerian Peanut butter)

Recently, I had to make this traditional peanut butter dip for my Grand Aunt who was returning to the states. She loves her locally made peanut butter dip with garden eggs so much that she didn’t mind it spilling over to the “Excess luggage Zone”. The combination of Calabash Nutmeg, Ashanti and Dry pepper makes this dip really Hot and spicy. It’s usually eaten with kola nut, Garden Egg (Solanum melongena) or Coconut. In Igbo land, most gatherings, meetings & traditional weddings aren't complete without Ose-oji (okwu ose) with Kola nut or Garden egg. It’s in fact an extremely rich cultural practice which signifies Unity, Peace, Sincerity & respect.

•Yield:            1 Jar
•Prep time:   20 minutes
•Total time:  20 minutes


Ingredients: 
•12 medium sized Dry prawns (Oporo)
•4 tbsps. Neutral oil; Olive oil, Vegetable oil 
•Salt to taste 


Preparation 
1. Pre-roast the dry ingredients (Ehuru, Crayfish, Dry pepper, Ashanti pepper) in a frying pan making sure you toss once in a while for about 3mins.

2. In a food processor, Mill the Ehuru seeds, Dry Prawns, Dry pepper, Ashanti pepper, groundnuts (Peanuts) together till it forms a semi-solid paste. In this form, it’d still be kinda stiff but don’t worry, the oil comes in next. 

3. Add the oil intermittently and Mix thoroughly till it forms a smooth spreadable creamy paste. The oil loosens it thereby making it less stiff. Once you get your desired consistency, add the salt to taste and mix some more. 

4. Transfer into a Canister or Jar and store in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Ose-Oji can be served with Garden eggs (Anara in the east & Igbá in the west), kola nut or Coconut
Ose Oji with Garden egg
Packed in a Glass canister

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28 comments:

  1. Mrs L2:46 pm

    I love your blog. i have saved on my phone most of your recipes for easy reach in my kitchen. i do not claim to know what the ibo name for this is, but i have always known ose-oji as alligator pepper. correct me if i am wrong.....

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    1. You aren't wrong mrs L & thanks 4 pointing that out. Alligator pepper (pepper=Ose) is also known as Ose-Oji but Its is mostly used for (Oji)Kola nut in some parts of igboland. Peanut butter dip is also known as ose-oji but it's used for kolanut, garden eggs, coconut and a variety of other stuff.

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  2. Oh! I love this! Used to called it Igbo peanut butter before now! Thanks to you Dobby, I now know the original name :D Ose Oji.

    I actually like eat it with abacha too...yummz!

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    1. Lol! Thanks ummibee. I've never tried it with abacha though but I might try it out sometime soon :D

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  3. Yummy, I love it with egg plant

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  4. Yummy, I love it with egg plant

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  5. This is one of my fave Naija condiments. Even my 7 year old loves it. I didn't know you could enjoy it with coconuts!

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    1. I must confess, i actually got inspired by your own post on Ose-Oji... :D. U should try it with coconut, You'd luv it ;)

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  6. I have been wanting to remake this! I will try your recipe once I can get all the ingredients!

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    1. Its quite easy to make. Hope You'd keep me posted once you make it :)

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  7. Wow! I just stumbled upon this blog and can't help spending all day here just reading up on recipes. I can't wait to try this recipe out at home. My husband will be too impressed.

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    1. Hahaha!!! Thanks yimiton....Now your new fan ;)

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  8. As I am very unfamiliar with Naija food, I am really excited to try this as a condiment. The idea of hot and peanut flavor sounds really great!

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    1. you'd luv it once you try it out adhis. Really nice!!

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  9. Thanks What a great info you have given us by your blog. I like it and will share it to my friends.
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  10. Hi, jst stumbled on ur blog. I loveeeeee Ose- Oji alot. Intact I Lick it alone mostly, even my hubs thinks I have a problem licking it alone without anything. Nice job. Keep it up

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    1. Thank you mary. Do stop by more often ;)

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  11. Anonymous2:09 pm

    is Dry prawns (Oporo) also crayfish?

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  12. Hello Anon!
    Dry prawns (Oporo)& Crayfish are totally different though in the Nigerian market, they are all superficially called "crayfish" because they used for the same purpose in meals due to their similar flavours. Prawns are more like shrimps but larger. Crayfish is way way smaller than prawns & shrimps and also priced cheaper as it's more common.

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  13. Good day dobby. Please could u post pictures of the ingredients? I don't know most of them and It will be hard for me to describe them in the market. Am sorry for the stress. Thanks a lot.

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    1. Sure i could nenye. Would do that this week.

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  14. Ahem!!! We are still waiting for the pictures please. Would love to try this, I see it being hawked on the streets of Lagos but cant buy it because one is not sure of the hygienic conditions it is prepared in. Please post the pictures so that those mischievous market women don't palm me off with the wrong stuff. Biko.

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    1. Hi aunty mo, the pictures are there already. Just click on any name above and you'd see the picture

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    2. Oh! Thanks, you're a darling (((HUGZ)))

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  15. My mom used to eat this. When I grew old enough to stand the pepper i loved it too. Would really like some now

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    1. You can say that again.

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  16. Gifty3:48 pm

    Hi Dear,

    Thanks for the recipe and for a job well-done(as usual). I just want to know how long this can keep outside the refrigerator. Thanks and God bless

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