I absolutely love sharing a little bit of my culture with y’all. But you know, I only have a few Liberian dishes in my arsenal. Eggplant stew is one that is super easy and absolutely delicious. It is usually served with white rice but to keep things Whole30 friendly, you can serve with cauliflower rice or potatoes.
There are a few reasons I love dishes like this. First, is that it all comes together in one pot. One pot meals are always great because well, less dishes to clean up. But it also allows you to be creative and try new textures and flavors that work well together.
Why i love eggplant stew:
Of course another reason I love this dish in particular is because it brings me right back to my childhood. Right back to Grandma making dinner while telling us stories from her youth. Yes it was a good time in our house. Grandma Toulia only made African dishes once or twice a week but when she did, it was always a treat. I wish I was being more receptive when she cooked Liberian dishes growing up. But, now I’m trying to really making an effort to learn how to make more authentic Liberian meals.
I mean, one of these days I would like a little rugrat or two and I want them to be able to enjoy some traditional Liberian food. So, I really have to get my shit together and learn how to make more of these dishes. Or I could just have my sister or aunt continue to cook them for me when I want. You know, it’s a journey we will see where we end up.
Ok I think I’ve done enough chatting, let’s jump into the recipe!
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