Boycotting Tomatoes


While the cost of tomatoes is the new cause of household squabbles between spouses and tomato ebola sees no end in sight, I decided, while talking to my mum about this tomato business, that there has got to be some worthwhile solutions to this tomato scarcity, ravaging our traditional Nigerian dishes.

I made a visit to the Kitchen Butterfly blog, she will be included in a future list of my favorite Nigerian blogs for daily life, coming soon, and if you follow me on twitter (@Cee_ling), you know I am a KB advocate. She’s your trusted voice on all things food, especially Nigerian cuisine. I was ready to bet some money that I’d find something of an alternative to the traditional tomato dishes found throughout Nigeria and tah-dah!, she had recipes to replace some of our trusted tomato based recipes!

These are some of my favorites and you can visit her blog and find some exciting recipes for yourself!

Nigerian Scent Leaf Curry Sauce

Nigerian Scent Leaf Curry Sauce
Nigerian Scent Leaf Curry Sauce by The Kitchen Butterfly
  1. 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  2. 1 cup fresh chicken breast – 1 small breast
  3. 1 cup chopped garden eggs, about 3 – 4 large ones
  4. 1 cup green curry paste
  5. 1 tin (~400ml) coconut milk
  6. Green chilies, optional
  7. Salt, to taste


Garden Egg Sauce
Garden Egg Sauce by The Kitchen Butterfly

Nigerian Garden Egg Sauce


10-12 medium sized white garden eggs, about 750g; washed

2-3 teaspoons of oil- palm, olive or vegetable

3 medium-sized tomatoes, sliced thinly

1 large red onion, sliced thinly

2 tablespoons smoked/dried fish

2 teaspoons ground crayfish

Salt, to taste

Recipes sourced from

Have you been a victim of this tomato crisis and been forced to create alternative recipes? Please tweet us some of your cuisines @nigerianreportr.