Abacha is a popular Nigerian dish that is also known as African Salad. It is made from cassava, a starchy root vegetable, which is sliced into thin strips and then boiled. The boiled cassava is then mixed with a variety of other ingredients, including onions, tomatoes, peppers, and spices. Abacha is a flavorful and filling dish that is often served as a snack or side dish.
Originating from the Igbo tribe in Eastern Nigeria, Abacha is a traditional food that has been enjoyed for generations. It is a staple food in many parts of Nigeria and is a popular snack in West Africa. The recipe has been passed down from generation to generation, and the ingredients used have remained largely the same over the years.
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2 cups of dried Abacha (cassava strips)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon of ground crayfish
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of paprika
1/4 cup of palm oil
1/4 cup of roasted peanuts (optional)
Fresh herbs (such as basil or parsley), chopped (optional)
Large pot with a lid
Large mixing bowl
Rinse the dried Abacha in cold water, then place it in a large pot with enough water to cover it completely. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the Abacha is soft and pliable.
Drain the Abacha in a colander and rinse it in cold water to cool it down.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the palm oil, salt, cumin, and paprika until well combined.
Add the chopped onion, tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, and ground crayfish to the bowl with the palm oil mixture. Mix well to combine.
Add the cooled Abacha to the bowl and mix gently until the Abacha is evenly coated with the palm oil mixture.
Add the roasted peanuts (if using) and chopped fresh herbs (if using) and mix gently.
Transfer the Abacha salad to a serving platter and serve immediately.
Allergy Concerns: This recipe is naturally gluten-free and can be made vegan by omitting the ground crayfish or substituting it with a vegan alternative. If you have any other allergies, please be sure to check the ingredients carefully before making this recipe.
Calories Intake: One serving of Abacha contains approximately 350-400 calories.
Healthy Alternatives: To make this recipe even healthier, you can substitute the palm oil with a healthier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. You can also add some chopped vegetables such as carrots or cucumbers to the mixture for added nutrition.
Spicy Level: The spice level in this recipe is moderate, but you can adjust the amount of paprika or peppers to your liking.
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