Tomato Stew

So this is the most important recipe I think i will post on my blog, because it is the base for three more recipes soon to come. I posted a photo of jollof rice on my instagram an many people have been requesting the recipe but in order to make a full recipe, I need to show how to make the base of jollof. IMG_3570So here is a recipe of the tomato stew that makes the rice orange. I also have a youtube video of the recipe which i will link below

Ingredients

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  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A thumb of ginger
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 large red bell pepper
  • 1 small scotch bonnet pepper
  • 4 tomatoesScreen Shot 2016-08-23 at 4.09.34 PM
  • Spices:
    • 1 cube no salt vegetable stalk,
    • 1/2 tsp each of cumin, garam masala, ground fennel, ground coriander (you can skip the fennel and coriander and use 1 tsp curry powder)
    • 1 bay leaf
  • Total of 1 cup of water

Directions

  1. Cut the onion in half, slicing one half into rings and then roughly chopping the other half to cubes
  2. Roughly chop the ginger, garlic, bell pepper and 3 tomatoes and remove the top off the scotch bonnet pepper
  3. In a blender toss the roughly chopped cubbed onions, the tomatoes, ginger, garlic and bell pepper and add 1/4 cup of water. Blend till it is smoothScreen Shot 2016-08-23 at 4.10.02 PM
  4. Put a sauce pan at medium heat and add about 1TBSP of water. When the water starts boiling add the onions that were cut into rings and 1/2 of the spices.Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 4.10.31 PM
  5. Let the onion sauté for 5 minutes till soft then add the tomato paste. Stir it into the mixture and add 1/4 cup of water so that it is not dry.
  6. After a few minutes add in a chopped tomato and let the tomato cook till soft.
  7. When the tomato is soft add the blended mixture and the rest of the spices and mix well
  8. Cover it fully and let it sit on the stove for one hour. Constantly check on the sauce every 10 minutes and stir it.
  9. After about an hour, the sauce will be thick and full of flavour.Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 4.10.57 PM
  10. This sauce can be eaten alone but also an important base for a number of Ghanaian sauces.
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