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.
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
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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