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10 Stews & Sauces without Tomatoes

Tomato is undoubtedly the most popular base used in the preparation of some of the best meals here in Nigeria especially when it comes to making a tasty and decent stew. But quite recently, due to the sudden rise in the price of tomato, it's use has been cut down drastically to save cost in most homes. So instead of spending twice the amount you'd spend normally on tomatoes, i've compiled a list of stews, soups and sauces which do not require tomatoes. Without further ado...here's the list

What makes this particular gravy recipe unique is the combination of colored vegetables added to it giving it that wonderfully unique aroma, color and taste. 

With palm nut as the major ingredient, this native soup doubles as a soup for swallow and also stew for rice.

Just one taste and you're hooked. designer stew needs no introduction and it definitely requires no tomato.

All you need for this is cat fish, herbs and spices and you're good to go. Can be used for rice, eko/agidi or taken alone.

As the name implies, this tasty sauce is palm oil based. It goes perfectly with yam, beans e.t.c

Don't let the color fool you. There's not a single tomato in this popular stew. just like it's counterpart "Ayamase" above, you just need a combination of red peppers for this and you're good to go.

You just can't get enough of Ugba sauce once it's served and like Oliver twist the fam would always ask for more. 

Obe ata din din is a popular peppered dipping stew which is mostly sold in local restaurants or roadside food kiosks alongside fried plantain, fried yam, roasted plantain/yam (boli) and a host of others. 

According to research, raw garden egg is a very good source of dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, copper and thiamin (vitamin B1). It is also a good source of vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and niacin. It is also effective in weightloss, lowering blood cholesterol and eye pressure in glaucoma. Thinking of a sauce to make? Try this today

Quick and easy to make, this could go with rice, yam, potato e.t.c


  1. This is really lovely. Great work Dobby. Especially now that there is Tomato Ebola in the country. Thanks for reminding Nigerians that Tomatoes are not the only source of stews we can have.

  2. Excellent post! Very timely too!

    Keep up the good job

  3. i love this. Thanks dobby.

  4. Nice one I'll try one of these

  5. Nice one and a great time for this

  6. Thanks Dobby!


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