Vegan Nigerian Efo Riro Recipe | Cooking With Jade

Vegan Nigerian Efo Riro Recipe

Vegan Nigerian Efo Riro Recipe


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Nigerian
Servings 4



  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 red bell peppers chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers chopped
  • 4 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cups chopped spinach or other greens e.g., kale, collard greens
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional: chili pepper or hot sauce for added heat
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish optional


  • In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onions and sauté until translucent.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add the chopped red and green bell peppers to the pot and sauté until they soften.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes until they break down and release their juices.
  • Stir in the paprika, curry powder, dried thyme, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well to combine the ingredients.
  • Pour in the vegetable broth or water and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Add the chopped spinach or other greens to the pot and stir until they wilt and cook down.
  • Cover the pot and let the Efo Riro simmer for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  • Taste the Efo Riro and adjust the seasoning if needed. If you prefer a spicier dish, add chili pepper or hot sauce to taste.
  • Remove from heat and let the Efo Riro sit for a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve the Nigerian Efo Riro hot, garnished with fresh cilantro or parsley if desired.
  • This dish can be enjoyed with rice, plantains, yam, or any preferred accompaniment.


Calories: 250 | Total Fat: 12g | Total Carbohydrates: 30g | Dietary Fiber: 8g | Protein: 8g

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