Agie Iya Lopè – Mum’s grilled rooster drumsticks recipe by Lopè Ariyo | West African food and drinks


In Yoruba tradition, mother and father aren’t known as by their first names. Relatively, they’re known as the mom or father of their firstborn – so in my mom’s case, Iya Lopè. Her method to cooking has at all times been to create fast and simple dishes. After I was youthful, we’d go to the native video retailer on a Saturday evening and select a movie to observe. After we bought dwelling, she would discover no matter spices she might and create seasoning for rooster drumsticks to eat as we watched. It doesn’t matter what she added, they have been at all times so appetising. She stated her secret was so as to add lemon juice to the marinade, however I think there’s extra to it than that.

Serves 4
rooster drumsticks 12
parsley leaves to serve

For Mum’s marinade
coconut aminos 1 tbsp (out there online)
tamarind paste 1 tbsp
recent lemon juice 1 tbsp
onion granules 2 tsp
garlic granules 1 tsp
paprika 1 tsp
celery salt 1 tsp
floor cumin 1 tsp
dried thyme 1 tsp
dried sage 1 tsp
salt and cayenne pepper to style

Preheat the oven to 190C fan/fuel mark 6-7 and line a baking tray with baking paper.

For the marinade, in a small bowl, combine collectively the coconut aminos, tamarind paste, lemon juice, onion and garlic granules, paprika, celery salt and cumin. Add the herbs to the marinade and style for salt and cayenne pepper. Place the drumsticks into a big bowl and toss by way of the marinade. As soon as the rooster is effectively coated, place on to the baking tray and bake within the oven for 30-35 minutes, flipping over midway.

When the rooster is effectively browned, and when pierced the juices run clear, sprinkle with parsley and luxuriate in whereas sizzling. You probably have the endurance, wait 5 minutes to permit the rooster to relaxation.

From Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo (HarperCollins, £22)

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