Cameroonian Ndole RECIPE

Updated: Dec 13, 2018


Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

Serves: 4-6


Ingredient :

  • 2 cups of peeled groundnuts (also called called peanuts)

  • 3 cups of bitterleaf

  • Half teaspoon of Kaun-Akanwu (African Country Soda) (for blanching vegetables)

  • 1/4 cup crayfish- coarsely blended

  • 2 pounds of boiled beef/beef feet/smoked fish/stock fish/shrimps 

  • 5 cloves of garlic

  • 1 maggi crevette (crayfish seasoning cube)

  • 2 regular seasoning cubes (maggi or knorr)

  • 1 large onion

  • 1 cup of vegetable oil

  • 1 pepper (totally optional)

Instructions :

  • Soaking the bitterleaf. If using fresh bitterleaf, skip this step.

  • Put your groundnuts in a pot and let it boil.

  • When boiling, put just enough water to slightly cook the groundnuts so you do not have to throw any.

  • If using shrimps, season them with a little salt (and white pepper if you wish) and set aside to marinate.

  • Start the boiling and blanching process.

  • Put water in a pot to boil and put in salt and baking soda. The baking soda helps the vegetables retain their green colour just like “Kangwa” or Baking soda.

  • When water is boiled, put in bitterleaf and stir. The baking soda of kangwa causes it to foam.

  • Use the tip of your finger to check the bitterleaf for softness.

  • If you leave the bitterleaf in there for too long, it will get too soft and you may not like it.

  • Pour vegetable onto a strainer and immediately run cold water on it. If you do not do this, the heat will continue to cook the vegetables much to your disadvantage.

  • When you have rinsed thoroughly, use both hands to roughly kill the vegetables then you squeeze and keep in a bowl.

  • Go to the pot which contains your boiled meat and/or fish and its stock.

  • Bring to boil then add your blended groundnuts and bring to boil.

  • Add in crayfish and stir.

  • Then let the veggies go in.

  • Give that a good mix, let it simmer for about 5 minutes and turn off the heat.

  • Add in the maggi crevette. Taste to ensure seasoning is balanced.

  • Remember the left over half onion? Chop it up. Put oil to heat up in a skillet and saute the onions.

  • Add in the shrimps. (optional)

Ndole is ready!

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