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Ofada rice stew - Ayamashe sauce recipe

Ayamase also known as designer stew is a tasty stew served alongside ofada rice. It's quite similar to the normal ofada sauce "Obe ata iru" except for some slight changes with the peppers used. It's a delicacy which is quite popular in the western part of Nigeria especially amongst the Yorubas. It also used to be a 'best kept secret' by the natives and popularized by Makeshift roadside restaurants popularly known as Bukas /"Mama-put" but now common in most households. It's prepared with mostly green peppers and assorted meat or fish hence the name designer stew and like most Nigerian meals, it has got palm oil as a base.

Ayamashe Sauce "Green Designer Stew"
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500g Beef (Boneless)
• 500g lungs "Fuku"
• 500g Kpomo
• 500 g Tripe a.k.a Sharki
• 500 g Cow Intestine "Round About"
 3 Cups Palmoil (Bleached)
• 70 Medium Sized Green Scotch Bonnet/ Habanero 
"Ata Rodo"
• 2 medium sized Green bell pepper
• 15 medium sized green chilies
• 1 Medium Sized Red Onion
•  1 Cup Fermented Locust beans (Iru)
1 Cup Crayfish "Ground"
•  Salt To Taste

View the steps Below
Calories per serving: 0 (N/A)
Fat per serving: 0 (N/A)


Preparation of the assorted meat and beef stock:
Step 1: When using assorted beef, it's best to take out time to wash properly. If you intend using Pomo, scrape out the dirty inner part (which is usually Sandy & dirty) including the outer skin thoroughly. If you intend using intestines, turn inside out and remove the saturated fats there (most people keep it in though). If using tripe a.k.a Towel or sharki in the Nigerian local market, wash thoroughly.

Step 2: Rinse the Beef and Assorted meat with clean water and dice into small bits, place in a medium sized pot. Add the seasoning cubes, Salt to taste, a little diced onion and 2-3 cups of water. Leave to cook till tender for about 30 mins to 1hr till tender. Set aside.

Preparation of the pepper puree:
Step 1: Remove the stalks and seeds from the peppers and rinse thoroughly with clean water. Place in a blender or chopper and grind roughly. 
Set this aside.

Preparation of the Ofada Sauce
Step 1: 
The first step is to heat up the oil till it becomes clear like vegetable oil. This process is known as bleaching. Bleaching is best done in a ventilated kitchen to avoid being choked by the smoke so ensure you open all the windows if you have to. 
To bleach, pour the oil in a dry empty pot. It's best to use an iron pot (preferably an old one) because bleaching tends to stain pots. Cover the pot and heat up on medium for about 10mins then turn off the burner. Leave the pot covered and do not open till the oil cools off. Please note that timing is very crucial during this process so you have to be careful to avoid the situation where the oil catches fire.
Once the bleaching is done, the palmoil would look more like vegetable oil.

Step 2: Once the oil cools off, turn on the burner again. Add the diced onion and fry for about 2 minutes. Add the pepper puree and Iru,stir-fry for about 5 minutes till the oil seperates from the puree (you'd see the oil settle at the top).

Step 3: Add the crayfish, cooked assorted meat and gently add the stock little at a time. Stir and taste to see if you need some more salt or seasoning. Add if necessary, Stir and cover the pot. Turn down the heat and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes.

Turn off the burner and serve with Ofada Rice

Related Posts:::
Ofada Rice sauce "Obe Ata Iru"
• How to cook Ofada Rice 

Kitchen notes:

PLEASE BE WARNED! Heating Palmoil above it's smoke point (Bleaching) is a very DANGEROUS process which requires the skills of an expert. NEVER OVERHEAT PALMOIL OR IT WILL "CATCH FIRE" which would result in serious BURNS.

Also Note, Bleaching of palmoil is totally unhealthy. This is because, heating the palmoil above the smoke point increases the trans-fat levels thereby making it carcinogenic. 

Also, taking the palmoil above its smoke point reduces its nutritional value i.e The carotene contained in it which helps in the formation of vitamin A, an essential vitamin in the prevention of cataracts, muscular degeneration which is age related, free radicals which cause cancer and night blindness is depleted thereby making the body susceptible to these diseases.


  1. Amazing!!! i'm so making this meal this weekend, thanks sweerie!

    1. Thanks Sweery :). Do keep us posted once you do k.

  2. This looks gorgeous!!....did something similar today...it turned out amazing!....Thanks dobby


  3. Wow this looks good. But can I make it without the iru? I don't know how 2 eat it.

    1. yes you can make it without iru. But with iru, it goes from just ok to extremely delicious due to the local flavor it adds to the dish.

  4. Lovely. I totally love ayamashe stew. Love the nutritional info you added. Good job!

  5. Ada! Take hand for air. Thanks Nne.

  6. Pls ooooo d green pepper is it d type that is yse fot salad and fried rice?

    1. yes the green pepper used for salad and fried rice.

  7. Madam, you are both torturing and saving me at the same time! Jesus! My lab (kitchen) go hear am this weekend with this dish o, you do awesome work! Thanks plenty!

    1. Haha!!please don't 4get to send mine o! You're welcome Toonna :)

  8. Hi Dobby,
    Thank you for sharing your Superdelicious recipe and fabulous photos! I will be so pleased if you join us on www(dot)myTaste(dot)com
    See you! Cheers!
    Immanuel Kabuhung

    1. you're welcome Immanuel. Would check it out :)

  9. Gosh Dobby! I was perceiving the aroma from the food while reading. I must try this out!

    1. Thanks Adaeze :), do keep me posted k.

  10. Can it be used for another type of rice?

  11. Hello Dobby,
    Must the oil be bleached and is the iru boiled or raw?

    1. Yes the oil must be bleached. The Iru is usually raw and fermented but usually washed before frying.

  12. Yummy. Can I use the dried caked iru? That's what we have here. How do I use the dried one as substitute?

    1. The dried one will not give it the same aroma and flavor but you can.


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