I think vegetable sauce is unique and I love it!

In this article I will be showing you exactly how I prepared the delicious looking plate of rice below and why I think vegetable sauce beats the conventional tomato stew to 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 vegetable sauce for rice and then we are going to learn why this is more delicious, easier to prepare and a lot more healthier than the alternatives.

Ingredients | 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.
  • 100ml of olive oil.
  • Salt to taste.

Assorted meat is a combination of different part 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 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 the image below.

Ingredients for vegetable sauce.

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.

Vegetable stew – step 3

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.

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

Nigerian vegetable sauce for rice

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 different 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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  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.


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