How To Make Asun At Home
No owambe party is complete without Asun. This very well-known Yoruba delicacy consists of the most delicious grilled/barbecued spicy assorted goat meat that you will find in Nigeria. The good thing is that you no longer have to wait to attend parties to enjoy this meal. You can now enjoy it in the comfort of your home. Here is a recipe to show you how.
- 1.2kg (2.6 lbs) goat meat (cut with the skin)
- 2 habanero peppers (or to your taste)
- 1 medium onion
- 3 big stock cubes
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- Salt (to taste)
- 1 cooking spoon vegetable oil
- Black pepper (optional)
- 1 medium onion
- 1 small green bell pepper
- 1 small red bell pepper
Prepping the goat meat
- Cut the goat meat into big chunks. Make sure you cut the chunks with the goat skin. If the skin is not there, it won’t be the real deal.
- Wash and put the goat meat chunks in a bowl.
- Add thyme and black pepper; crush and add the stock cubes. Feel free to add other spices and ingredients that you use to marinate the meat.
- Mix the spices and goat meat by gently rubbing with your hands.
- Cover the bowl with a thin film. Put in the fridge and leave to marinate for about an hour.
- Marinating beef and other kinds of meat is completely optional so you can skip the marinating process and go straight to cooking the goat meat.
- Pound or blitz the habanero (scotch bonnet) peppers and set aside.
- Cut 1 onion into 4 big chunks.
Making the Asun
- After marinating the goat meat, put the meat in a pressure cooker.
- Pour water to just half of the level of the goat meat, add the big chunks of onion and start cooking at medium heat.
- When the goat meat is well done, remove the big chunks of onions and add salt to taste.
- Increase the heat and stir constantly till all the remaining liquid in the pot is absorbed. You don’t want to lose any flavour by pouring away the goat meat stock.
- Lay the goat meat flat on your oven rack.
- Grill/broil in the oven at 180°C or 350°F till the meat is brown all over. You will need to turn them from time to time to avoid drying out. This takes a maximum of 15 minutes.
- While you are grilling the meat, wash, cut and thread the green bell pepper, red bell pepper and the remaining onion on toothpicks.
- When the meat it well grilled heat the vegetable oil in a dry clean pot.
- Add the grilled goat meat.
- Stir very well till the pepper is evenly distributed on the goat meat. The vegetable oil ensures that this happens and gives the asun a nice glow.
- Serve with the threaded vegetables.