1 Delicious Efo Riro: Kale Efo Riro

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1 Delicious Efo Riro: Kale Efo Riro.
Missing the taste of Nigeria? Kale Efo Riro is calling your name! This colorful stew packs a punch with its peppery base and tender kale. Dive into a pot brimming with seafood, assorted meats, and all the deliciousness of home. Pair it with your favorite swallow for a meal that warms your heart and belly.

1 Delicious Efo Riro: Kale Efo Riro

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 45 mins Total Time 50 mins
Servings: 4


1 Delicious Efo Riro: Kale Efo Riro.
Kale Efo Riro isn't just a stew, it's a vibrant Nigerian experience! This hearty dish from the southwest simmers tender kale in a rich, fragrant broth bursting with fiery peppers, seafood, and assorted meats.

What's in a name?
Efo Riro translates to "vegetable soup" in Yoruba, a major Nigerian language. Variations abound, but the core elements are consistent: leafy greens, a flavorful pepper base, and protein. Here, kale takes center stage for a healthy twist.

Aromatic Magic:
The secret lies in the fragrant base. Scotch bonnet peppers, known for their heat, are blended with bell peppers and onions to create a flavorful paste. This, along with locust beans (Iru), a unique ingredient with a pungent aroma and savory depth, forms the foundation of the soup's richness.

A Textural Delight:
The tender kale adds a delightful contrast. As it simmers, it absorbs the broth's flavors, creating a melt-in-your-mouth experience.

A Celebration of the Sea:
Efo Riro is a bounty of seafood. Fresh prawns and crayfish add sweetness and a playful texture, while smoked catfish and shredded stockfish bring smoky, salty notes and a taste of tradition.

Meat Medley:
While seafood takes center stage, assorted meats like shredded beef, chicken, or even offal meats add heartiness.

Comforting Companions:
Efo Riro is traditionally enjoyed with a "swallow," a starchy side dish. Pounded yam, fufu, or even semolina dumplings (eba) are popular choices. These act as a canvas for scooping up the flavorful stew, creating a truly satisfying and comforting meal.

More Than Just a Dish:
Efo Riro is a journey back home for many Nigerians. The aroma of simmering peppers, the vibrant colors, and the comforting warmth evoke a sense of home and belonging.

Make it Your Own:
The beauty lies in its customizability! Here's how to personalize your Kale Efo Riro:
Spice it up: Adjust the scotch bonnet peppers for your desired heat level.
Veggie Power: Add spinach or chopped vegetables like carrots for extra nutrients and texture.
Protein Play: Explore cubed lamb, turkey, or even plant-based alternatives for a vegetarian twist.
Herb Haven: Include a sprinkle of your favorite fresh herbs like thyme or chopped uziza leaves (a local Nigerian spice) for an extra layer of flavor.

A Dish for All Occasions:
Efo Riro is perfect for any gathering, from cozy weeknight meals to celebratory family dinners or potlucks. It travels well, making it ideal for picnics, and leftovers reheat beautifully, perfect for meal prep.

Embark on a Culinary Adventure:
The next time you crave a taste of Nigeria or simply want to explore new flavors, try making Kale Efo Riro. With its vibrant colors, captivating aromas, and symphony of textures and flavors, it's sure to become a new favorite in your kitchen.



  1. Roughly blend Scotch bonnet peppers, bell peppers, and an onion.

  1. Set this aside.

  1. Chop another onion and set it aside as well.

  1. Heat palm oil in a medium pot for 2 minutes. Sauté the chopped onion until fragrant.

  1. Add the locust beans and fry for a minute to release their flavor.

  1. Add half of the crayfish and fry for another minute.

  1. Now, add the blended pepper mixture, Knorr cubes, and salt to taste. Let it boil for 15–20 minutes.

  1. The goal is for the pepper mixture to thicken and reduce in size by almost half.

  1. The consistency should be thick, with oil settling on top.

  1. If it's too thick, add a bit of meat or chicken stock, or just water (be careful not to add too much).

  1. If you use stock, let it boil for 2–3 minutes to combine.

  1. Then, add your assorted meats and cook for 8–10 minutes.

  1. Add the prawns, remaining crayfish, shredded stockfish, and smoked catfish.

  1. Combine everything and adjust seasonings if needed.

  1. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes.

  1. Now, add the chopped kale leaves and mix thoroughly.

  1. Let it cook for 5 minutes.

  1. Turn off the heat and let the stew simmer for an additional 2 minutes, using the residual heat. Your Kale Efo Riro is ready!

  1. Serve this flavorful stew with your favorite "swallow" (a starchy side dish), rice, plantains, or any other food you prefer.
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