Tips To Serve Efo Riro Recipe Sisi Yemmie Simple

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Efo riro, meaning “vegetable soup” in Yoruba, is a classic Nigerian dish bursting with flavor and versatility. Beloved for its vibrant green color, smoky undertones, and customizable spice level, efo riro is a staple in many Nigerian households. Today, we’re diving into a delicious rendition inspired by the amazing Sisi Yemmie!

This recipe offers a guide, but feel free to adjust the ingredients and spice level to your preference. Efo riro is a fantastic way to showcase various leafy greens and explore the depths of Nigerian cuisine.

UPDATED EFO RIRO RECIPE!!! - SISIYEMMIE: Nigerian Food & Lifestyle
UPDATED EFO RIRO RECIPE!!! – SISIYEMMIE: Nigerian Food & Lifestyle


1 pound (450g) assorted leafy greens (spinach, kale, ugu, shoko)

  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange)
  • 2 habanero peppers (adjust for desired spice level)
  • 4 cups beef stock (or vegetable broth for a vegetarian option)
  • ½ pound (225g) boneless, skinless beef (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • ½ pound (225g) chopped smoked fish (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons palm oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon ground crayfish
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Prepare the Vegetables: Wash your leafy greens thoroughly and chop them into bite-sized pieces. Dice the onion, bell pepper, and habanero peppers.

    2. Cook the Beef (Optional): If using beef, heat the palm oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the beef and cook until browned on all sides.

    3. Sauté the Aromatics: Add the bell pepper and habanero peppers to the pot and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    4. Incorporate the Stock and Seasonings: Pour in the beef stock (or vegetable broth), tomato paste, ground crayfish, and dried thyme. Season with salt to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

    5. Add the Smoked Fish (Optional): If using smoked fish, add it to the pot and simmer for another 5 minutes.

    6. Finish with Leafy Greens: Finally, stir in the chopped leafy greens and cook until wilted, about 3-5 minutes. The exact cooking time will depend on the type of greens you use.

    7. Serve and Enjoy: Turn off the heat and let your efo riro sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Serve hot with your favorite side dish, such as pounded yam, rice, or fufu.

    Nutrition Facts: (Per Serving, Approximate)

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Sodium: 500mg (depending on salt used)

  • Conclusion:

    Efo riro is a delightful and nutritious dish that showcases the vibrant flavors of Nigerian cuisine. With its customizable ingredients and spice levels, it’s a recipe that can be enjoyed by everyone. So, gather your ingredients, crank up the heat, and experience the magic of efo riro!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. What can I substitute for the leafy greens?

    You can use a variety of leafy greens in efo riro. Popular options include spinach, kale, ugu, and shoko. You can even combine a few different types for added flavor and texture.

    2. Can I make this vegetarian?

    Absolutely! Simply replace the beef stock with vegetable broth and omit the smoked fish (if using). You can also add additional protein sources like tofu or lentils.

    3. How can I adjust the spice level?

    The spice level of efo riro is entirely up to you! Start with one habanero pepper and taste the stew before adding more. You can always add more heat later but can’t take it away.

    4. What side dishes pair well with efo riro?

    Efo riro pairs beautifully with various starchy side dishes. Some popular options include pounded yam, rice, fufu, or even boiled plaintains.

    5. Can I store leftover efo riro?