Wednesday, 9 October 2013

My Abacha (African salad)recipe

Lol! Talking about food just makes me happy. This particular dish is one of my favorites and i make it a lot. In fact, when I was pregnant with my second baby, I made it every weekend for over 2 months till I got tired of it. Don't blame me, I am Igbo and I schooled in the eastern part too, the University of Nigeria to be precise. (Proud Lioness....Heeeeyyyy!!) Abacha is actually an appetizer, but most of us eat it as a full meal. No harm as long as you don't use it to 'wound' ya sef. Lol.
I want to share with you, how I prepare mine. By the way, I still eat it now, but once in a while and in very little portions.

Ingredients: Serves 1.
1. 2 pieces of Fried mackerel fish (most of us know it as Titus fish) it has to be fried for me to enjoy my Abacha Biko. If you want you can boil yours lol.
2. 100g of Abacha shredded and dried.
3. A table spoon of ugba (oil bean) go easy on this, it's highly fattening.
4. A hand full of shredded utasi leaves. (utasi is a bitter green leaf found in local markets)
5. Half of 1 native yellow pepper. ( I love it hot) minced or crushed.
6. 1 tsp grounded cray fish.
7. 1 tbsp dried prawns or you know those large crayfish thingys you find in the market.
8. Salt and magi to taste.
9.  A tbsp or less of palm oil.
10.A table spoon of chopped onions
This is dry shredded Abacha.(cassava)


If you notice, I didn't add potash because I don't really like the texture it gives.  Basically, I soak the cassava in cold water for like 15mins depending on how hard it is, then I rinse it out with hot water. I drain it and pour into a pot, I then throw every other ingredient apart from the onions and utasi leaves into the pot. I mix very well Till its all evenly covered.  Then I slightly heat it up before I eat.  Garnish with the onions and utasi leaves. See my finished product below.
My nice plate of Abacha, yumm!


So as you enjoy your meal, be making a mental calculation of which workout or exercise you will do to burn at least 500 calories!!. Hahahaha. *dancing azonto* it's all good, it's a healthy option compared to indomie that some people I know have taken as an inheritance. Lol. Though Abacha is high in carbs, it's low in cholesterol and very filling. (watch your portions) Please try my style and tell us what you think. Thank you. God bless
Chelizruby.

13 comments:

  1. nne eh! as if you know what and wetin i dey always think. you see my sister in law is from enugu; ChiChi Amadi i hail ooo and sey you know abacha na thier food. Also okpa di oku. her mother just left after 3 months of omugwo and she left us a full bag of abacha. i sha carried half bag not knowing how to cook it. but i sha know that i loved it. thank you so much. i will use your method especially as it didnt use potash as ingridient. potash showed me pepper in the one they used to sell in bello hall in UNN (roar, proud lioness too).

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    1. Hahahaha! Chichi ur funny! Sorry about the potash, I hope you try this method soon. Send my own down o. Thanks dear. Cheers.

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  2. This ideas are great and effective. If we can consitently adhere to the application of method we will have no need for drugs or medicines.

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    1. You are so right Charles, healthy eating is key. No need for drugs or hospital visits. Lol. Thanks a lot.

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  3. can i use another vegetable. i dont really lke the bitter taste of Utasi

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    1. Yes, dear, try garden egg leaves or garden eggs themselves. I love those too. Take care.

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  4. Na wao for u tocheli, y u no invite me d day u prepared this abacha? I for drop dumbell for one side wack d thin wella. Next day billy blanks go show me pepper. Nice recipe. Ugba nko? Frm Ify

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    1. Hahaha! Ify ur always welcome for some abacha. I added some ugba but very little. Ugba is fattening o. Lol

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  5. You still owe me one nylon of Abacha o! since 2011 Toshi.....i cant 4get d one i had wen i came to urs ..............was uber tasty....Burn Burn Burn........loosing weight is a lifestyle...winks im getting my groove on 500 calories a day...proud of me :) tochified!

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    1. Lala my luv, ur nylon of abacha is here o, waiting for yoy since 2011 hahahaha! Am glad ur into it now girl. Size 2 watchout!!

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  6. You still owe me one nylon of Abacha o! since 2011 Toshi.....i cant 4get d one i had wen i came to urs ..............was uber tasty....Burn Burn Burn........loosing weight is a lifestyle...winks im getting my groove on 500 calories a day...proud of me :) tochified!

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  7. I have neva tried it without potash and dunno how it'll taste without it...i guess i'll have to try it.

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    1. It will taste great dear. Try it.

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