I think this vegetable sauce (stew) is unique and I love it!

In this article, I will be showing you exactly how I prepared the delicious-looking plate of rice and vegetable stew below and why I think this sauce beats the conventional tomato stew to a pulp.

You will also find this recipe on page 12 of the ultimate Nigerian cookbook.

For me, it has not always been just about foods, it has been a whole lot more. Last year I started talking about healthy Nigerian foods, how to eliminate junks from foods, heck! I even wrote an article about foods that fight heart diseases

I doing all this I was only hoping for ways to incorporate healthy foods into our daily diet and of course, find ways to eliminate junk. We live in a continent where so much junk is daily served as foods.

I have always maintained there is a direct correlation between the foods we eat and our total well being.

Vegetable Sauce

Making this vegetable sauce was amazingly easy, you can do it is less than 45 minutes, the good thing is that it goes with rice, beans or even boiled yam.

First, I am going to show you how to make a vegetable sauce for rice and then we are going to learn why this is more delicious, easier to prepare and a lot healthier than the alternatives.

Ingredients For Vegetable Sauce

Serving: 6
Preparation Time: 60 minutes

  • 4 cups of sliced fresh tomatoes.
  • Sliced fresh pepper (To taste).
  • 1 cup of sliced onions.
  • 3 seasoning cubes
  • 1KG of assorted meat.
  • Half teaspoon of beef seasoning spice
  • One big bowl of sliced fluted pumpkin.
  • 3 spoons of ground crayfish.
  • 200ml vegetable oil.
  • Salt to taste.

Assorted meat is a combination of different parts of cow meats (liver, kidney, intestine, tripe, etc.)

There are different brands of beef seasoning spice, you can pick any of them. With time you will get better with your choices.


Start by washing and slicing the tomatoes, I recommend you use really fresh tomatoes; also slice the pepper, onions and set them aside in a plate.

Wash the fluted pumpkin and slice to a tiny bit, this is usually done by the seller if you patronize Nigerian local markets, it is best to properly wash the leaves before you slice them.

Parboil the meat with two seasoning cubes, beef seasoning spice (kitchen glory or any other), half cup of sliced onions, allow to simmer for 5 minutes, add a cup of water and cook for more 30 minutes. Add half teaspoon of salt and cook till the meat softens (this should take extra 10 minutes).

You should have a table looking like below.

Vegetable sauce ingredients

Set your cooking pot on heat, add 250ml of vegetable oil, allow to heat before adding the sliced tomato/pepper/onions. Allow to fry and dry for the next 10-15 minutes, remember to stir occasionally to avoid burning. see image below.

Vegetable sauce rice

Add the cooked meat, remaining cube of maggi, salt to taste, crayfish and stir, allow to simmer on low heat for 3 minutes.


Taste for salt, you may add another seasoning cube

Add the leaves (vegetables), stir properly and taste for salt. Allow simmering on low heat for 3-4 minutes and you just made a delicious pot of vegetable sauce for rice.

adding leaves

Nigeria vegie stew

As I said earlier, this can be served with rice, beans or yam, In my case, I served with white boiled rice and added some fried plantain cubes.

Nigerian vegetable sauce

Now My Comparative Analyses


Which do you really think is better, if you ask me, I would go for the vegetable sauce; not just because
it is easy to prepare, I find it very delicious and healthier than the alternative. Olive oil has also been proven to be healthier than groundnut/vegetable oil.

Nigerian Cookbook

At some point, you will start knowing the difference between these choices and how one differs from another. For me, it is not just about foods, they must be healthy too.

If you like, you can even omit the oil completely, just boil the meats, once it is soft, add the sliced tomatoes, pepper, onions to it, allow to cook together for 10-15 minutes, add the crayfish, etc. As long as you are using fresh tomatoes, it would taste very nice.

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Vegetable sauce recipe

Vegetable Sauce Recipe

Chy Anegbu
This vegetable sauce is surprisingly easy to make, the recipe is easy and straight forward. For its health benefits, it now has a permanent place on my food menu.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Lunch
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 4 People
Calories 557 kcal


  • 4 cups of sliced fresh tomatoes.
  • Sliced fresh pepper To taste.
  • 1 cup of sliced onions.
  • 3 seasoning cubes
  • 1 KG of assorted meat.
  • Half teaspoon of beef seasoning spice
  • One big bowl of sliced fluted pumpkin.
  • 3 spoons of ground crayfish.
  • 200 ml vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste.


  • Wash and slice the fresh tomatoes, peppers, and onions.
  • Slice the vegetables (fluted pumpkin) to tiny bits. Wash before you slice.
  • Season the assorted meat with two seasoning cubes, half teaspoon of beef seasoning spice, a teaspoon of salt and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Heat your frying pan, add 200ml of vegetable oil, once heated add the sliced onions, then the tomatoes and peppers. Let them fry for 10-15 minutes, stir in-between.
  • Add the cooked meat, the remaining seasoning cube, salt to taste, ground crayfish and stir, let it simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Add vegetables, stir, taste for salt.
  • Let it simmer on low heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve this vegetable sauce (stew) with rice, beans or yam. I decided to throw in some fried ripe plantain.
Keyword Vegetable sauce recipe, Vegetable stew


  1. funmi  September 23, 2015

    So yummy ,nice one

  2. Helen  September 23, 2015

    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes this sauce is so yummy! I am going to try it as soon as I return to Nigeria. Currently I am on a business trip, thanks.

  3. Doris  September 23, 2015

    Honestly, I love this recipe and will definitely try it this weekend. Chy! Nice job you’re doing, more power to your elbow

  4. Celestine Vivian Chinwe  September 24, 2015

    I love this vegetable sauce ooooooo i can wait to prepare my!!!!!!

  5. Ebere  September 24, 2015

    I will try it 2morrow

    • Blessing  June 25, 2019

      Wao this is the kind of food i like kudos

  6. Ngozi  September 25, 2015

    so nice I just prepared it for dinner.

  7. Nicki  September 26, 2015

    wow…just tried it and it’s so yummy and delicious

  8. Omi  September 27, 2015

    Wow! I really love this recipe. It looks so fresh and am gonna give it a try pretty soon. Thanks Chy!

  9. Julie  September 27, 2015

    Yummy… I love ur blog… Thanks

  10. Alex-hart  September 28, 2015

    Pls how do I make Zobo. I love ur blog, u r doing a great job.

  11. Olubanjo Bosede  September 29, 2015

    This is fantastic!I will try it soon.

  12. JAY  October 14, 2015

    Nice one will definitely try it at home.

  13. claire  October 16, 2015

    It sure looks good.I’m making plans to prepare it this week end

  14. Adetutu  October 16, 2015

    Well am cooking vegetable tonight and am doing it your exact way. Don’t I just love this site

  15. saude Ayitogo  October 16, 2015

    it looks deliciuos, ll defenately try it.

    ll try it. looksappetizing.

  16. Rose  October 16, 2015

    Wow wow,am getting more knowledge am hapi tnk u Chi

  17. Jenny  October 17, 2015

    This is lovely

  18. Abigail Igwe  October 19, 2015

    Nice one, i will try it today but please what kind of olive oil is used for cooking?

  19. Kenny  October 28, 2015

    Chy you’re really doing a great job here! Isn’t there any need to add water to the vegetables sauce? Please advice. Daalu!

    • Chy Anegbu  November 1, 2015

      You can add water if you like but most times, the leaves secretes enough water by itself.

  20. OSUNWA ELIZABETH  October 30, 2015

    Wow!! this is good and im loving it right here in dis page..once again..GOD bless u real good.

  21. chinyere  November 9, 2015

    OMG! It’s so delicious, I tried it and it was wonderful,my hubby couldn’t stop eating
    Thank you so much for all these recipes you teach here. May God continue to bless you for to teach more

    • Bolaji  June 13, 2017

      Hmmm! It is a nice one. May God continue to give you the wisdom to make more, remain bless.

  22. Merrit  November 13, 2015

    Wow!!!! Dis looks appetizing. Will try it tomorrow. Hope it can be stored in d refrigerator?

  23. Franklin  November 22, 2015

    So interesting…will try it this afternoon to surprise my wife
    Thanks Chi

  24. Jummy  November 24, 2015

    Chy, honestly you’re shading Nigerian women from cooking embarrassments. Pls keep it up, God will continue to help you. Can you pls share how to cook coconut rice? It’s a delicacy I love to learn.

    • Bliss  September 17, 2016

      I have really learnt alot from u, tanks so much and God bless.

  25. debby  November 24, 2015

    It looks good,I will try today,pls can I eat it with amala too.

  26. fafcy  November 24, 2015

    chy , chai! you are one in a million.A dream come through. God bless you and surprise your surprises in a ‘biggest way’. God bless you.

  27. Amy Akindiya  November 25, 2015

    I love the recipes but i dont understand some of the ingredients. I am married to a Nigerian man and i would love to cook some of these for him as a surprise but i dont understand all the ingredients. I would love to have your cookbook, but i dont have the money. My husband is in charge of the money so i cant ask him and surprise him at the same time. We have been married for a year now and i have not yet been able to make my husband a proper Nigerian meal and feel horrible. Thank you for your page it is a little helpful.

    • Chy Anegbu  November 25, 2015

      I have worked on the ingredients a little so you can understand them now.

  28. Lily  November 25, 2015

    I haven’t use pumpkin leave before, but green leave. I will try it with pumpkin leave this week.Thanks alot

  29. peace  November 29, 2015

    Wow!!!!!! It was reali nice I cooked it and my hubby enjoyed it. I used palm oil and I added iru. Chy thanks.

  30. Odoh Chinelo  February 18, 2016

    Hello Chy,you are such a wonderful and gifted lady.Your receipes are superb.I love cooking! More grease to your elbow

  31. princess  February 19, 2016

    Chi nwa di okey, dis vegetable sauce is yomicous , thank u very much

  32. blessing  February 19, 2016

    So yummy. Vegetable sauce is much more nutritious than tomato stewam I can’t wait to try this. Keep up the good work.

  33. TEMMY  February 19, 2016

    Wow!!! Dis is nutritious, u re really doing great job..kudos 2 u CHY

  34. Fisayomi Olosunde  February 19, 2016

    Nice one,I really love it.Keep up the good work

  35. blessing  February 19, 2016

    You are doing a great job. Weldon.

  36. ikemangel  February 19, 2016

    Wow its so yummy so inviting I will try it this weekend

  37. Bukky  February 20, 2016

    This is lovelllllllyyyy

  38. Pearl  February 21, 2016

    I have try it so delicious

  39. gold  February 24, 2016

    You are just wonderful

  40. Funmie  February 25, 2016

    Interesting!!! Will definitely try it

  41. Funmi  March 7, 2016

    This is a nice one, thanks

  42. Joy oladimeji  March 7, 2016

    Chy u are such a wonderful lady, u are a gift to our generation. I pray that God will bless u and ur family ijn.

  43. john  March 19, 2016

    Wow…I was confess on what to eat but not until i saw this Vegetable sauce two hours ago AND I’ve just prepared it now….I’m speechless because is soooo yummious

  44. Delight Vivian  March 23, 2016

    Very nice food you gat here. Just found out about this site and I must confess, am kinda addicted to it. Thanks dear Chy.

  45. Temitayo  March 25, 2016

    My hubby has bn asking me to prepare this vegetable sause but I didn’t know how to prepare it but now I know. Thank you so much I love you Chy.

  46. Adiele Oly  April 6, 2016

    Been hearing vegee sauce bt don’t know hw, tnks so much for d reciepes

  47. Esther  April 6, 2016

    So inviting! Will try it out, am sure my hubby who likes vegetables will fall in love with it, thanks so much #hugs#

  48. Bissy  April 8, 2016

    You are 1 in a million Chy. I prepared the vegetable stew and guess what! My family enjoyed it. Thank you very much and I love this blog of yours.

  49. liz  April 10, 2016

    Oh!!!mouth watering

  50. Mina  April 15, 2016

    You are just too gifted darling Chy u are my inspiration. My cooking has greatly improved. My family is happy. Thank you!

  51. owhe Christopher  April 16, 2016

    Please what kind of olive oil do I use or is it the normal olive oil people normal take to church. Please I want to know

    • Chy Anegbu  April 18, 2016

      Yes, the normal olive oil people take to church. It is the prefered cooking oil in most developed countries and it is better than vegetable oil.

  52. mum Excel.  April 21, 2016

    Waooooooo, Chy love u’r d bomb. This is rlly nice and yummy, I love cooking dis and wen Eva I make dis my husband eats more than he can take. Lollllll. Thanks anyways.

  53. shodipe  May 15, 2016

    can I use palm oil instead of Olive oil?

  54. monica  June 15, 2016

    Yummy,i prepared it today and my son like it so much. Tanx aunty chy for your delicious recipes

  55. Edith Nwoko  June 16, 2016

    Nice one dear, so delicious

  56. Viv  June 24, 2016

    The picture of the food alone is so fantastic. Tnx for the lecture. Will surely make it this weekend.

  57. omole delphine  June 27, 2016

    Pls ma’am where can we get cooking olive oil.

    • Chy Anegbu  June 28, 2016

      Cooking olive oil is the same as every other olive oil. just buy the bigger bottle and make sure it is the original olive oil. Alternatively, just use the usual vegetable oil or groundnut oil.

  58. Dammy  June 27, 2016

    As new as I am here I have learnt a lot Chi. More wisdom IJN

  59. Chioma  August 25, 2016

    Thanks chi, just prepared mine. it was a waoooh! God bless you.

  60. Dee  September 13, 2016

    Tnx Chy, this is really wow! I MUST try dis… Tnx

  61. Effiong  September 13, 2016

    Wow! God bless you for being a blessing to many kitchens. I love this vegetable source. I must surly try this out

  62. Rita  September 13, 2016

    Thanks a Lot ma. pls can i use coconut oil 2 cook. I heard s a very healthy oil. Thanks

  63. mercy  September 13, 2016

    Good job,will surely try it this weekend

  64. rachel  September 19, 2016

    i have learnt alot from u but i have a problem i dont know how to prepare sauce for white rice pls can u help me with d preparation and ingredient. thanks

  65. Akinwale olabimpe  October 1, 2016

    Hello chy, pls I want to ask for your measuring cup. When you listed the ingredients you were memtiomimg cups of pepper, tomatoes and onions. Please can you show us what you mean by the cup. Thanks

    • Chy Anegbu  October 3, 2016

      Cups are standard measuring tools in every kitchen. A cup is usually filled by 250ml of liquid. And when pepper, tomatoes and onions are sliced, they can be measured in cups. thanks for your question.

  66. Mopelola  October 4, 2016

    Thanks a lot. I want to buy the Nigerian Cook book. How can I get it?

  67. Niffy  October 10, 2016

    Omg was thinking of making carribean rice this afternoon buh here is it again another vegetable sauce to make u want to eat..dnt knw wt to choose..thanks alot my ewa agoni was delicious and uha soup over the weekend buh the oha got stick i used ofo and achi

  68. Glorisky  December 13, 2016

    Woow just finished making mine it sooo wonderful, please friends try it and see thanks to you chy, but how can I cook the one for swallow MA?

  69. Angel  December 31, 2016

    Just discovered this site and I love it.pls how can I get your Previous recipes….u re really doing a great job

  70. love albert  January 4, 2017

    thank you for your wonderful recipe God almighty we bless you

  71. akua  February 22, 2017

    I love the recipe will definitely give it a try . awesome

  72. Sonia  March 22, 2017

    Wow,nice one

  73. Eric  March 23, 2017

    am very grateful ma,for this few deys I have learnt a lot..It was really nice.
    I dnt knw if you have a school because I will still like to improve more in the kitchen.

  74. EGBEDI MABEL EJOVI  March 31, 2017


  75. victoria  April 21, 2017

    hi, nice recipe but i also want to add that you could use more than just pumpkin leaves, my mum uses pumpkin leaves(ugu), green(alefo) and csent leave together for her vegetable stew together with the other ingredients u mentioned and also, she uses palm oil in place of any other oil and it usually tastes great.

    • Chy Anegbu  April 24, 2017

      Ok, thanks for your contribution.

  76. Chukwuemeka  May 22, 2017

    Thanks so much.

    I cant’t wait to try this out.

  77. osuchukwu kingsley chibunna  May 28, 2017

    Hello!! Chy your recipes are superb and helpful. I will really try the vegetable sauce really soon. Can’t wait.

  78. Caroline  June 1, 2017

    This is interesting and lovely

  79. Eguolo Agbroko  June 3, 2017

    Thanks for the recipe,i will try it as soon as possible

  80. ife  June 15, 2017

    dis is so nice and lovely! am just gonna try dis tomorrow! thanks so much

  81. Lizzie  June 29, 2017

    I prepared it for dinner its so delicious….

  82. williams joy  August 9, 2017

    wow its really nice, i will try for breakfast tomorrow morning

  83. Bisi  August 9, 2017

    Hi Chy
    I am a yoruba lady and this recipe is similar to EFO RIRO, a vegetable dish we are known for. The differences are that palm oil is used in place of olive oil and greens (Shoko/tehteh) in place of Ugu leaves.
    Other contributors above too have pointed this out.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  84. Jules  October 27, 2017

    Nice dear, well prepared

    Thanks for sharing

  85. Duncan D  November 12, 2017

    After using the recipe to prepare the vegetable sauce, the credit was taken from the chef… My Mon came downstairs twice for the first time to merry with us.

  86. dinah  November 28, 2017

    Thanks. Vegetable sauce has always been my favourite. I enjoy it more with couscous.

  87. Patience  November 30, 2017

    Wow, I like this. I ‘ll try it today.

  88. Meg  January 14, 2018

    I used a bit of butter and coconut oil. In the absence of assorted meat, I used smoked fish, then served with boiled yam. Mehnn it was the bomb!

  89. Ebere  January 26, 2018

    Delicious and healthy vegetable sauce for rice, thank you for showing me how to make this.

  90. luchy  March 17, 2018

    How that’s nutritious

  91. luchy  March 17, 2018

    Wow really nutritious.

  92. Kay  March 21, 2018

    Nice and healthy recipe! Thumbs up!

  93. Hyginus Nwagwu  March 23, 2018

    The vegetable sauce is really delicious and far better than the traditional red stew. Thanks for proffering healthier alternatives.

  94. Courage  June 16, 2018

    Amazing but adding the crayfish last makes it so so delicious

  95. nafisa  June 22, 2018

    I really love your blog, how do I make miyan kuka

  96. Esther  July 25, 2018

    Wow.thanks for the wonderful recipe.is a healthy food indeed.vegetable sauce is always the best anytime anywhere.

  97. winifred Brown  September 7, 2018

    thanks for this receipe, it came in handy.

  98. Daniels dinma  September 16, 2018

    my mum in law is amazed at my cooking, thank you somuch, you are making me proud,new cooking styles all the way.

  99. Rose  September 27, 2018

    I got this recipe yesterday and tried it this morning. Sincerely, you are the best when it comes to food. Your recipes are the best as far as I am concerned. God bless you Chy for putting smiles on so many faces.

  100. Akwaugo  October 6, 2018

    Very good I will try it

  101. Obute Juliet Chinenye  November 16, 2018

    Thanks Aunty Chy, I really love this recipe

  102. Chi. Thompson  February 21, 2019

    Am giving this a try today, my husband loves vegetables so much

  103. Amaka  February 21, 2019

    I love it so much. I’m making it this weekend

  104. Victoria  February 21, 2019

    Thanks for your wonderful method of preparing vegetable with olive oil .

  105. Adorable  February 22, 2019

    Super Duper Site this is!!!!! Thumbs up chy.
    Oh yea, I have been a fan of veggie sauce. The first day I tried it at home until now, my family won’t allow me be. Its healthy, easy to make and delicious.
    If you add palm oil, it could be served with swallow.
    Keep up this great work ma’am

  106. Abdulwahab halima  February 22, 2019

    thanks alot I really love this page

  107. Sandra  February 22, 2019

    The food was bae! My family and I enjoyed it thoroughly…Thank you very much!

  108. Emi  May 17, 2019

    Nice recipe, great teacher. I will definitely try this.

  109. Janet E. U  May 23, 2019

    Thanks for the Recipe. I will make it for myself and my hubby

  110. Anurika  June 13, 2019

    Thanks for this. It looks yummy. But can any kind is meat serve or must it be assorted meat?

    • Chy Anegbu  June 14, 2019

      Any kind of meat, yeah.

  111. Christopher  June 26, 2019

    Wow, will really live to try it

  112. Sharon  August 23, 2019

    Hmmmmmmmm, am loving this recipe o, but I don’t eat meat, can I use smoked fish to prepare this vegetable sauce for rice?

    • Chy Anegbu  August 25, 2019

      Sure, you can.

  113. Sylvia  October 22, 2019

    Am definitely going to try this, I can’t thank you enough Chef Chy, ure amazing. I bless God I came across your page one of my 2019 year achievement ??

  114. Sophlex  May 28, 2020

    Wooow thanks for the recipe my dear…I’m South African and addicted to your traditional food.. sometimes go to Nigerians restaurant to buy food..now I can tried it at home.. Thanks. Thanks

    • Chy Anegbu  May 30, 2020

      You’re welcome dearie.

  115. Ngelici  July 10, 2020

    5 stars
    Can i use like green leave instead of ugu leaves? I have lots of green leaves in my garden. I made porridge yam with them and it was perfect. I could try them on this sauce. You have great skill here.

  116. Martins glory  August 2, 2020

    5 stars
    Hmmm.yummy am gonna try it


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