This mackerel stew is with a bang…. If you have not been using uziza to cook, you don’t know what you are missing. I recently started to add uziza leaves to some of the dishes I cook and it has lifted every dish I used it in. I made this tomato mackerel stew recently and yes I have to share it with you my fellow foodie. It is very easy to make and it is one of those stew you can make after a long day when you are not hoping to spend ages in the kitchen.
I added uziza leaves to give the mackerele stew some spicy and aromatic aroma. The stew can be eaten with rice and swallow of choice when accompanied with okro, vegetable or ewedu soup (jute leaves soup). Uziza leaf is a very good vegetable option that can be incorporated into our meals; it is aromatic and spicy and contains many vitamins and minerals such as calcium and iron.
What you will need
800g Tinned Chopped tomatoes (substitute with fresh tomatoes, remove seeds and cut into chunks)
Chilli flakes or cayenne pepper
2 medium size mackerel fishes (cleaned, cut into pieces, and seasoned with salt)
1 handful of uziza leaves, chopped (substitute with basil also known as efinrin)
2-4Csp palm oil
1 small onion, chopped
Place a pan on a medium heat, add palm oil and heat for about 3-4 minutes
Add chopped onions and fry till translucent
Add chopped tomatoes and cook for few minutes
Add seasoning, chilli flakes and continue to cook till stew thickens up a bit
Add uziza leaves and stir till well combined. Add water to stew if need be (don’t add salt to the stew just yet if you have salted the fish earlier)
Add the pieces of fish and stir gently to avoid breaking the fish and check for salt
Reduce the heat and allow stew to simmer for about 10 minutes
Serve mackerel stew with rice or swallow of choice.