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The Jollof Buka serves food with fresh Nigerian flavors that will leave you wanting more!

Sarah Awoyomi, head chef and owner of The Jollof Buka, joined us Tuesday on “Life. Style. Live!” with a taste of their Seafood Efo Egusi with a side of Pounded Yam. This is a classic Nigerian Dish that features fresh Egusi seeds, spinach, collard greens and a wide selection of seafood, herbs and spices!

According to their website, Jollof Buka, you can find a variety of dishes such as Indomie Noodles, Gbegiri & Ewedu, Whole Fish and Egusi Soup. We are conveniently located at West Washington Street. 

The restaurant is located 2501 W. Washington St. Indianapolis IN. 46222. 

Seafood Efo Egusi with a side of Pounded Yam

Prep Time : 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour




  1. Put the 2 cups of Red oil on the stove in your big Pot , oil is ready when it has changed color
  2. Add 1 cup of vegetable oil
  3. Add chopped onions, smoked shrimp and eru to oil
  4. Fry lightly
  5. Add Egusi Mixture to hot oil  
  6. Add 1 tablespoon of Maggi or 1 bullion cube
  7. Fry while stirring consistently until paste turns into textured Egusi
  8. Once Egusi forms , leave to cook (without stirring) on low for 10-15 minutes
  9. Add pepper mixture to Egusi  , and 1 cup of broth and stir Once
  10. Cook on medium-high heat for 20-25  mins , stirring occasionally
  11. Add your selection of seasonings and stir
  12. Add your seafood mix
  13. Add your chopped spinach and collard mix and stir
  14. Cook for 15 minutes on medium heat
  15. Remove from heat
  16. Once stew  has cooled down (10 mins) do a taste taste, adjust seasonings accordingly

Fun fact :

Swallow preparation:

  1. Take a small pot and add water
  2. Wait till rolling boil
  3. Add dry pounded yam flour
  4. Stir and start to pound  
  5. Use clean wet spoon to serve

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