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Recipe: A Taste of Niger’s Culinary Traditional Djerma Stew

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When it comes to Niger’s Djerma stew, you’ll find it wholesome, warming, and comforting as it nourishes your soul, mind, and body, like love. To enjoy this meal from west Africa, you’ll need the correct recipe for a Niger-style djerma.

Djerma stew is Niger’s national dish, a traditional and uncomplicated stew, one of its staple foods. With its rich history and recipes passed down from generation to generation, djerma stew has also evolved into its modern-day presentation in different parts of the globe.

Although it can be eaten without meat, making it an easily-adaptable meal and thus a suitable option for both vegans and vegetarians, the traditional choice of meat for Djerma stew is chicken.

The mix of flavors in the cuisine of Niger is incredibly diverse and delicious. Many of the spices residents use in this cuisine were originally Arabian. And these were brought by Arabs to Niger, whose people merged them with their local food bases to make unique and flavorful dishes. 

Some of these spices include ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, saffron, and cloves. 

Back to the recipe for today, let’s get started on how to prepare Niger’s djerma stew.

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How to Prepare Djerma Stew

Recipe: A Taste of Niger’s Culinary Traditional Djerma Stew
Some ingredients for djerma stew. Image source: Freepik licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Wash the chicken pieces and season with salt and pepper, then set aside.
  2. Blend the onions, ginger and garlic 
  3. Pour oil into a cooking pot or ;pan, preferably a Dutch oven and set it on fire
  4. Brown the chicken for 10 minutes on medium – high heat
  5. Add the blended mixture and sauté them in oil for a few minutes
  6. Add seasonal herbs, tomatoes, thyme, curry powder, paprika, and bouillon cubes. 
  7. Give the sauce a stir
  8. Allow the sauce to boil for 30 minutes
  9. Add chicken stock
  10. Leave to boil for about 15 minutes
  11. Add chopped parsley, carrots, chives and herbs
  12. Separate a cup of liquid from the stew and whisk it with the peanut butter in a separate bowl.
  13. Pour this peanut butter and sauce mixture back into the pot.
  14. Allow the peanut butter to enrich and thicken the stew. 
  15. Leave to boil for 20 minutes
  16. Add salt and pepper to taste
  17. Discard the bay leaf if you want to.
  18. Once cooked, garnish with parsley and spring onions or any salad you’d prefer, and serve with boiled white rice.

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Recipe: A Taste of Niger’s Culinary Traditional Djerma Stew
Image source: Freepik licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 

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Djerma stew

Djerma Stew

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Recipe: A Taste of Niger’s Culinary Traditional Djerma StewSedi Djentuh
Djerma stew is Niger’s national dish, a traditional and uncomplicated stew. With its rich history and recipes passed down from generation to generation, djerma stew has also evolved into its modern-day presentation.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine African
Servings 4
Calories 168.8 kcal

Equipment

Cooking Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 tbsp Chives
  • 1/2 tbsp Parsley
  • ½ cup of oil
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 ” ginger peeled
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1.5 kg chicken drumsticks
  • 6 fresh tomatoes chopped

Instructions
 

  • Wash the chicken pieces and season with salt and pepper, then set aside.
  • Blend the onions, ginger and garlic
  • Pour oil into a cooking pot, preferably a Dutch oven and set it on fire
  • Brown the chicken for 10 minutes
  • Add the blended mixture and sauté them in oil for a few minutes
  • Add tomatoes, thyme, curry powder, paprika, and bouillon cubes.
  • Give the sauce a stir
  • Allow the sauce to boil for 30 minutes
  • Add chicken stock
  • Leave to boil for about 15 minutes
  • Add chopped parsley, carrots, chives and herbs
  • Separate a cup of liquid from the stew and whisk it with the peanut butter in a separate bowl.
  • Pour this peanut butter and sauce mixture back into the pot.
  • Allow the peanut butter to enrich and thicken the stew.
  • Leave to boil for 20 minutes
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Discard the bay leaf if you want to.
  • Once cooked, garnish with parsley and spring onions and serve with boiled rice.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 168.8kcalCarbohydrates: 15.8gProtein: 15.5gSaturated Fat: 1.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.2gCholesterol: 30.2mgSodium: 536.8mgPotassium: 655.2mgFiber: 3.5gSugar: 3.4gVitamin A: 191.5IUVitamin C: 16.6mgCalcium: 42.8mgIron: 2.2mg
Keyword African cuisine, Djerma Stew
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Sedi Djentuh
Sedi Djentuh
Hey, Sedi here, a content writer. She's fascinated by the interplay between people, lifestyle, relationships, tech and communication dedicated to empowering and spreading positive messages about humanity. She's an avid reader and a student of personal weekly workouts. When she's not writing, Sedi is busy advocating for plastic-free earth with her local NGO.

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