Do you love your greens? Then you will definitely be a fan of Efo Riro, a Nigerian spinach soup or stew native to the Yoruba tribe. Efo means “green leafy vegetable” and riro, “to stir”. Stick ‘em together, and you get ‘stirred leafy greens.’ What did we tell you? If you love your greens, you’ll definitely love ‘stirred leafy greens’!
This dish is yet another example of an “unconventional” spice profile when it comes to pairing with wine. So when you think of Efo riro, you don’t think wine. It is complex, with several layers of flavour, and lots of spicy peppers. Usually Efo riro is served with a hot dough made out of yam, cassava or maize flour. These are known as Nigerian swallow foods. Swallow foods are so versatile because you use them to scoop up, hold and swallow your main dish. This is because swallow foods also have no flavour of their own. This allows the main dish to stand out and shine!
You may be asking yourself, what wine could possibly stand up to that? We suggest a crisp Riesling or a fruity Zinfandel. So go ahead and try both and let us know which you prefer! You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well efo riro and wine pair!
Want to continue to challenge wine tasting norms and explore the world of spice? Join us as we continue our journey down the spicy road, our next stop is: Southern India. Try out this chilli-packed Lamb Vindaloo recipe next!
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