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  March 7, 2016

    This is a nice one, thanks

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Adiele Oly  April 6, 2016

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

  7. 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#

  8. 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.

  9. liz  April 10, 2016

    Oh!!!mouth watering

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. shodipe  May 15, 2016

    can I use palm oil instead of Olive oil?

  14. monica  June 15, 2016

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

  15. Edith Nwoko  June 16, 2016

    Nice one dear, so delicious

  16. Viv  June 24, 2016

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

  17. 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.

  18. Dammy  June 27, 2016

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

  19. Chioma  August 25, 2016

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

  20. Dee  September 13, 2016

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


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