Learn to Cook Nigerian Obe Ata (Buka Stew)

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Are you in the mood for something spicy and African? Well, we’ve got something for you. Obe Ata is a Nigerian meat or fish pepper stew eaten with a wide variety of side dishes. Like with all West African stews, it is most commonly eaten with rice. You’ll be full by the time you’re done eating, so let’s get cooking….


  • 3-4 fresh tomatoes and 1-2 bell peppers OR 16 oz tomato sauce and 6 oz tomato paste. (Bell pepper is optional)
  • Meat/Chicken/Fish
  • 4 magi cubes
  • Palm oil if available, otherwise use vegetable oil
  • 2 onions
  • Salt
  • Dry pepper
  • Water


  1. Place the meat in a pot, add very little water (most meat produces water as it cooks), dice one onion in with the meat, add some salt, and cook the meat until it is almost tender.
  2. If you are using fresh ingredients, grind the tomatoes and the bell peppers together. You can grind in another onion in with them if you wish.
  3. Pour the blended tomato mixture (or the tomato sauce and tomato paste) into the pot with the meat. Also add the palm oil or vegetable oil.
  4. Allow to cook for about 20–30 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Add salt and dry pepper to taste.