Saturday, July 9, 2016

How to prepare the african Fish Balls Stew

Fish balls stew also called soupe de boulette de poisson in some west African countries is fish balls cooked in a tomato stew with some vegetables. The stew is serve with rice, couscous , yams or even with some spaghetti. The preparation will take you sometime but the outcome is so worthy. Try this stew and you will love it for the rest of your life.
For fish balls
  Fish 500 Gram (fish fillet)
  Onion 1⁄2
  Garlic cloves 3
  Bouillon cube 1
  Chili pepper To Taste
  Red chili/Green chili To Taste
  Peanut butter 1 Tablespoon
  Corn flour 1 Tablespoon (Optional)
  Vegetable oil 1 Cup (16 tbs) (For deep frying)
For tomato stew
  Fresh tomatoes 2
  Tomato paste 1 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 Large, mince
  Garlic cloves 3 , grated
  Black pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Cooking oil 3 Tablespoon
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Potato 1 Large, peeled, chopped
  Carrot 1 Small, peeled, chopped
  Cabbage 1⁄2 , cut into medium pieces (Optional)
1. With a knife, remove bones and skin from the fish. Chop and set aside. You can skip the step if using fish fillet.
For Fish Balls:
2. In food processor, grind the fish with some salt.
3. Transfer it to a bowl, and grind onion, garlic, bouillon cube, chilies peppers, and green chili in it.
4. Mix the fish with the onion mixture and peanut butter. Add corn flour if you want balls to be harder.
5. Grease your hands and shape the fish mixture into small balls.
6. In a pan, heat the oil on medium flame and fry the balls until brown. Fry in batches. Drain on paper towel and set aside.
For Stew:
7. In a big bowl, mash the fresh tomatoes with little water.
8. Add the tomato paste, minced onion, grated garlic, bouillon cube, and black pepper.
9. In a pan, heat cooking oil and add the tomato mixture. Let simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes or until thickened.
10. Add vegetables and 2 cups of water. Bring to boil and add the fish balls and cabbage. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.
11. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
12. Serve with rice and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
West African
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
75 Minutes
Finally, we have an authentic West African Fish balls stew! Slightly time consuming but totally worth it. Enjoy this so called soupe de boulette de poisson with hot steamed rice.
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