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Ndole (Cameroonian bitter leaf stew) with prawn and onion toppings in a white bowl.

Ndole | Cameroonian Bitter Leaf Stew

Abi Olayiwola
Rich and creamy bitter leaf stew cooked with peanuts and topped with prawns.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine African, Cameroonian
Servings 4
Calories 363 kcal


  • 1 cup Blanched peanuts
  • 1 inch Ginger thumb size
  • 3 cloves Garlic cloves
  • 1 Scotch bonnet
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Frozen shrimp
  • 1 cup Washed bitter leaf
  • 3 cups Spinach
  • 2 tablespoons Ground crayfish
  • Salt to taste


  • Peel the onions and the garlic. Remove the stalk from scotch bonnet.
  • Slice ½ of one onion and keep aside.
  • Pour the remaining onions, blanched peanuts, ginger, garlic and scotch bonnet into a blender. Add 2 cups of water and blend.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and fry the prawns on both sides until cooked. Remove from heat and keep to one side.
  • Fry the sliced onions and remove from heat.
  • Pour in the mixture from the blender. Add the ground crayfish.
  • Add a cup of water into the pot and cover. Allow to simmer for about 15 mins.
  • Stir regularly to prevent burning.
  • Wash and slice the spinach.
  • Wash and slice the bitter leaf if required. If you need to wash out the bitterness, check the link on the blog post.
  • Add the spinach and the bitter leaf into the pot, add some salt, cover and allow to cook at low heat. Check and stir until the spinach has wilted properly.
  • Remove from heat and serve. Top with the fried prawns and onions.


Calories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 21gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 307mgPotassium: 656mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 4026IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 161mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Bitter leaf, Ndole
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