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Palaver Sauce

Palaver Sauce/Soup - a sumptuous and healthy African cuisine made with greens, smoked meat, egusi and crayfish and other aromatic spices and seasonings. An exotic, flavor and nutrient-packed stew that you'd love!
Course Main
Cuisine African
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 5 -6
Calories 476kcal
Author Imma


  • 2 pounds Meat Beef shanks, Oxtail cut in bite size pieces
  • 1 pound Smoked fish chicken or ham hocks
  • ¼- ½ cup palm or canola oil I used half and half
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • ½ cup ground crayfish
  • ¾ cup ground egusi
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 pound fresh vegetables kale, collard greens, spinach


  • Boil beef, ham hocks with salt, Maggi and onions and boil until tender depending on the choice of meat. You should have about 2-3 cups of stock from the meat and smoked fish (if using any). Reserve the rest or freeze it.
  • While beef n is cooking, slice tomatoes, onions and mince the garlic.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions. Sauté the onion until it is translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt, and pepper, to taste.
  • Stir in the tomatoes with their juices, garlic, smoked fish, crayfish. Add the beef pieces; press to submerge. Then add ground egusi with chicken stock bring to a simmer.
  • Add vegetables; let it simmer for about 2 minutes.
  • Serve warm with boiled plantains, fufu or accompaniment of choice.


Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 193mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 2118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 18600IU | Vitamin C: 228.9mg | Calcium: 319mg | Iron: 5.1mg