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Palava sauce in Liberia is a combination of jute leaves, dry fish, meat, chicken, palm oil, and spices. Ultimately, you will have a tasty sauce that is great for fufu or rice.

There are many varieties of palava sauce across West Africa, specifically in Ghana, Nigeria,   and Sierra Leone. 

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In Ghana, for example, jute leaves are called ademe or ayoyo, mainly used with okra to prepare okra soup

Below is the recipe for Liberian palava sauce. Enjoy!

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How to Prepare Liberian Palava Sauce

Jute leaves, also called ademe in Ghana. Image source: Labone Express licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Ingredients

  • Dry fish
  • Seasoning
  • 2 big onions
  • 1 lb. Chicken
  • Black pepper
  • 2 Stock cubes
  • ½ cup Palm oil
  • 2 cups of water 
  • ½ tbsp. Salt to taste
  • 5 habanero peppers
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Fresh salmon, cut into pieces
  • 3 packs of Jute leaves or palava sauce

Instructions

  1. Blend the onion, pepper and garlic
  2. Marinate the chicken and fresh fish with the mixture and other seasonings or spices of your choice
  3. Add the stock cube
  4. Add 1 and ½  half cups of water
  5. Put the chicken and fresh fish on low heat and cook for 30 minutes
  6. Remove the fresh fish and set it aside. This is to prevent it from breaking into pieces. 
  7. Add the palava sauce and stir
  8. Add the dry fish
  9. Taste and adjust seasoning
  10. Allow the sauce to cook on low heat until the water runs dry
  11. Stir occasionally to prevent burning
  12. Once the water dry out, add the palm oil
  13. Allow the palava sauce to simmer for 5 minutes
  14. It’s ready! Serve with fufu or rice.

Why You Should Cook with Jute Leaves

Protects Your Eye Health

Poor diets and nutrient deficiencies are the main causes of most eye diseases. Vitamin B6 and folate, present in jute leaves, are two nutrients that have been linked to enhancing eye health and preventing eye diseases and disorders, among other vitamins. 

The amount of vitamin B6 in jute leaves, 0.0496 mg, is more than 30% of the daily value. Thus, regularly eating jute leaves can delay the onset of some eye conditions, such as age-related muscular degeneration.

Contains Various Vitamins

Vitamins E, A, and C are abundant in jute leaves. These three foods are strong antioxidants that guard your cells from free radical damage. Among other advantages, the antioxidants in these leaves can aid in enhancing fertility and vision.

Additionally, Jute leaves are a rich source of vitamin C, which is also important for boosting your immune system and protecting you from viruses and colds.

Improve Digestion

Jute leaves contain a lot of fiber, one of the key components that helps control the digestive process. You can prevent constipation, bulk up your stool, and hasten digestion by regularly eating jute leaves.  

Improves Restless Leg Syndrome

Iron deficiency is a common condition that frequently results in restless legs syndrome. Eating jute leaves frequently can help the condition because they are high in iron. 

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According to research, jute plants have an iron content of up to 2.73mg, which is more than a third of the daily recommended value. 

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Promote a Healthy Weight

Additionally, studies have demonstrated jute leaves, rich in copper, can help raise good cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol levels. A healthy weight can be maintained by eating jute leaves, which contain approximately 13.10 mg of copper. Copper can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and support a healthy diet.

Video Credit: Ulla’s Liberian Kitchen

Ulla is a Liberian living in Texas. She shares various recipes from Africa, with a focus on Liberian cuisine. 

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Liberian Palaver Sauce

Liberia
Sedi Djentuh
Palava sauce in Liberia is a combination of jute leaves, dry fish, meat, chicken, palm oil, and spices. Ultimately, you will have a tasty sauce that is great for fufu or rice.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine African, West African
Servings 6
Calories 322 kcal

Equipment

Cooking Pot

Ingredients
  

  • Dry fish
  • Seasoning
  • 2 big onions
  • 1 lb. Chicken
  • Black pepper
  • 2 Stock cubes
  • ½ cup Palm oil
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ tbsp. Salt to taste
  • 5 habanero peppers
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • Fresh salmon cut into pieces
  • 3 packs of Jute leaves or palava sauce

Instructions
 

  • Blend the onion, pepper and garlic
  • Marinate the chicken and fresh fish with the mixture and other seasonings or spices of your choice
  • Add the stock cube
  • Add 1 and ½ half cups of water
  • Put the chicken and fresh fish on low heat and cook for 30 minutes
  • Remove the fresh fish and set it aside. This is to prevent it from breaking into pieces.
  • Add the palava sauce and stir
  • Add the dry fish
  • Taste and adjust seasoning
  • Allow the sauce to cook on low heat until the water runs dry
  • Stir occasionally to prevent burning
  • Once the water dry out, add the palm oil
  • Allow the palava sauce to simmer for 5 minutes
  • It’s ready! Serve with fufu or rice.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 33gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 269mgPotassium: 936mgFiber: 7gVitamin A: 3638IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 7mg
Keyword Ademe, Ayoyo, Jute Leaves, Palava Sauce
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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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