Thursday, 11 May 2017

LIGHT SOUP (Mutton)

Almost every household in Ghana, will buy fresh ingredients for their light soup on a Saturday morning. (Light soup is a spicy tomato based soup). Light soup and Fufu (a mixture of Cassava and Plantain) on a Saturday or Sunday lunch, in Ghana, is what a roast is to the British on Sunday. Light soup can be made with beef, Goat meat, Chicken, Lamb or Mutton. 


Ingredients;
Serves 6
1.5 kg of mutton cut into sizeable chunks (ask your butcher to cut into your preferred chunks)
3 large tomatoes
25g cleaned ginger cut into chunks
2 large onions
2 cloves of peeled garlic
20g of de stalked kpakpo shito Ghanaian chillies ( Pettie Belle) 
1 teaspoon of carom seeds (optional)
80g of tomato paste
3 litres of Chicken stock (your preferred stock) or Water  
Alternatively you can use 2 Bouillon cube
Salt

Method;
Wash and clean your mutton and place in a bowl.


In a blender add the ginger, 1 chopped onion, garlic, carom seeds and 10g of Kpakpo shito
Add a little water and blend to a smooth paste. 


Add the paste to the mutton


Mix the paste well into the mutton and refrigerate overnight or at least for 2hrs . 


Remove your mutton from the fridge and place in a saucepan or clay pot. 
Place your saucepan on a medium heat and steam your meat in it's juices, (add a little water if needed).


Cook slowly for about 30 minutes and add your tomato paste. 

If you're using Bouillon cube;
 Crumble your preferred cube into the sauce at this stage. 
Mix till well combined and cook for a further 5 minutes, making sure you stir constantly. 

Add your  fresh tomatoes and 1 whole onion and cook for a further 3 minutes. 



Add 1.5 litres of your preferred stock  or water and cook for a further 15 minutes
The tomatoes and onion should be cooked through now. 
Remove the tomatoes and onion and place in a blender. 
Add the remaining stock/ water to the blender. 
Blend to a smooth consistency. 
Using a fine colander, pass the tomato and onion blend through into a bowl 
Add your strained juice to the mutton and cook for a further 20-25 minutes. 


Add the remaining Kpakpo shito (Pettie belle chillies) and cook for a further 5 minutes. 
Taste the mutton to make sure it's tender. 
Add salt to taste and enjoy. 



Best served with steamed Okra, Fufu, Yam & Rice. 

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