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Ose Oji a Nigerian Spiced Peanut butter dip is a blend of peanuts, peppers and some aromatic Nigerian spices. It’s a popular feature in traditional ceremonies of people of the igbo extraction in Nigeria.
Maybe not just igbos, probably the people the Eastern and South eastern parts of Nigeria. But These days it is enjoyed by other people from various extractions across Nigeria. This Nigerian spiced peanut butter dip is traditionally known as Ose Oji or Okwa ose.
Traditionally this Nigerian spiced peanut butter dip aka Ose Oji is made with roasted peanuts. The peanuts are roasted, pounded till smooth and then the traditional spices and pepper added to create this delicious dip.
I remember seeing the women make this in my home whenever we were preparing for a village meeting ( a meeting of the townspeople)
Today’s recipe is made with peanut butter so it cuts the process short. Less stress and equally delicious but in this case you have to choose your peanut butter wisely. I learnt how to make this peanut butter dip from one of my aunts. She is an expert in making this Nigerian spiced peanut butter dip with peanut butter.
What type of Peanut butter do you need to make this Nigerian spiced peanut butter dip.?
- A good quality peanut butter works preferably the natural peanut butter
- A peanut butter with less than 3g of sugar except you are making my spiced peanut butter cookies
- You can use chunky or smooth peanut butter.
How to enjoy this Nigerian Spiced Peanut butter dip
- Traditionally with garden eggs or Thai eggplants
- Cucumbers and Apples
- Celery sticks or carrots
- You can bake cookies with it too
- Or just lick it off your spoon ? don’t worry you won’t be the only one ?
What ingredients do You need to make Ose Oji
- Good quality peanut butter see above
- Ground cayenne pepper *
- Some bouillon powder
- Some ground crayfish *
- Neutral flavored oil of choice
- Ground Ehuru * * ( calabash nutmeg important and can’t be substituted with baking nutmeg )
* Don’t worry most of these specialty ingredients can be found in an African store near you.
** Ehuru is called Calabash nutmeg.
Hope you get to try this recipe. If you do please consider rating it and sharing with us in the comments how you fared.
Let get mixing ?
Ose Oji: Nigerian Spiced Peanut butter dip
- 16 oz / 454g salted peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp ground calabash nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp ground crayfish
- 1 Tbsp dry ground cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp bouillon powder
- 2 Tbsp neutral flavored oil optional
- Mix the dry ingredients and set aside.
- In a bowl of a stand mixer with the flat beater attachment whip up the peanut butter for about 2 minutes then add all the ingredient mix into the peanut butter.
- Mix till well incorporated
- If the peanut butter seems too dry, add the oil and mix.
- Transfer to a clean jar use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks