how to make garden egg sauce
Garden egg sauce is a popular Nigerian dish made with garden egg, a small eggplant-like fruit, and a variety of flavorful ingredients. This sauce can be served with a range of dishes, including rice, yam, and plantain.
Making garden egg sauce is a simple process that involves a few basic steps. It involves blending cooked garden egg with other ingredients such as onions, tomatoes, peppers, and spices, then frying the mixture in oil until it’s thick and fragrant.
The end result is a delicious, savory sauce that is sure to delight your taste buds. In this guide, I will provide step-by-step instructions on how to make garden egg sauce at home.
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Garden egg sauce is a popular Nigerian dish that is typically served with boiled rice, yam, plantains, or cassava. It is a delicious and healthy meal that is easy to prepare and can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Garden egg sauce is made using garden eggs, aubergines, or eggplants, which are a common vegetable in Nigeria. In this article, we will guide you on how to make garden egg sauce from scratch.
To make garden egg sauce, you will need the following ingredients:
1. 4-5 garden eggs
2. 2 aubergines (eggplants)
3. 2 onions
4. 3-4 fresh tomatoes
5. 2 bell peppers
6. 2 scotch bonnet peppers (optional)
7. 2 cloves of garlic
8. 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
9. Salt and seasoning cubes to taste
Each ingredient has a unique role in the recipe. Garden eggs and aubergines are the main ingredients in the sauce, while onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and scotch bonnet peppers add flavor and color to the dish. Garlic is used to enhance the taste and aroma of the sauce. Vegetable oil is used for frying the vegetables and seasoning cubes add flavor to the sauce. Salt is used to enhance the taste of the dish.
Before you start cooking, it is important to clean and prep the vegetables. Wash the garden eggs, aubergines, onions, tomatoes, and peppers thoroughly with water. Cut the garden eggs and aubergines into small pieces and place them in a bowl of water to prevent them from discoloring. Chop the onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and scotch bonnet peppers into small pieces. Crush the garlic cloves and set aside.
To cook the garden egg sauce, follow these simple steps:
Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
Add the onions and garlic and fry until they are golden brown.
Add the chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, and scotch bonnet peppers (if using). Fry for 3-5 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
Add the chopped garden eggs and aubergines to the frying pan. Stir well.
Add water to the pan until it covers the vegetables. Add salt and seasoning cubes to taste.
Allow the sauce to cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and the sauce has thickened.
Tips for ensuring that the sauce cooks evenly:
Make sure to stir the sauce occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
Add water to the sauce gradually to avoid making it too watery.
Cover the pan with a lid while cooking to trap in the steam and cook the vegetables evenly.
Garden egg sauce is typically served with boiled rice, yam, plantains, or cassava. You can also serve it with bread or pasta. For a complete meal, you can pair it with a protein source such as chicken, fish, or beef. Garden egg sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Garden egg sauce can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Here are some suggestions for customizing the recipe:
Add more or less scotch bonnet peppers to adjust the level of spiciness.
Add some curry powder or thyme to enhance the flavor of the sauce.
Use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil for a healthier option.
Add some chopped spinach or pumpkin leaves to the sauce for added nutrition.