#TheBigChop

Each year we host #TheBigChop to raise awareness and funds for mental health services in Nigeria, through the shared enjoyment of Nigerian cuisine. Below are examples of classic dishes for you to prepare and share - but don't feel restricted to these, there's a whole world of Nigerian cuisine out there, just waiting to be discovered!

To host a fundraising event, simply invite your friends and family over to enjoy your efforts, and ask them for a small donation in return. Your event can be as big and elaborate as you like, or a small and intimate affair just for immediate family. The important thing is to come together, celebrate food, and help us promote mental health.

Don't forget to share your pics with us in social media, and send us your donations here

 
 
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APON (OGBONO SOUP)

1. Heat 250ml palm oil in a small pan on a low heat until melted, remove from heat.
2. Pour 115gm ogbono (Nigerian mango seeds) into the oil and stir, using the back of a spoon to smooth out any lumps
3. Heat two litres of water in a medium pan on a medium heat. Add salt, four stock cubes, pepper, five tbsp of ground crayfish and your choice of fish or cooked meat. 
4. Whilst still warm, add the ogbono and oil mix and simmer for 10-15 mins.
5. Once thickened, stir in chopped green veg like spinach, season to taste and serve. 

 
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Jollof rice

1. Melt butter and oil in a pan, add one tbsp smoked paprika, two tbsp cayenne, one sliced onion, one diced green pepper, garlic and saute for three minutes.
2. Add one chopped carrot, saute for another minute, season to taste.
3. Add three tbsp tomato paste, two large chopped tomatoes, curry powder, bay leaf and thyme and cook for three minutes, then add frozen peas, two cups of long grain rice and saute for two minutes.
4. Add three cups of vegetable stock and a bouillon cube, cover and cook on a low heat for 30 minutes or until the rice is soft. 

 
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puff puffs

1. Combine three cups of flour, four tbsp of yeast, one cup of sugar and half tsp nutmeg in a bowl.
2. Slowly add two cups of water. Once the batter is thick and smooth, cover with a tea towel and leave to stand for an hour.
3. Heat oil in a large pan. 
4. Make lots of small balls with the dough and add to the oil until the pan is full, fry until golden brown and dust with icing sugar.