Abobie or Abobi (anchovy pepper sauce) is a delicious fresh pepper sauce mainly found in the Volta region of Ghana. The main ingredients are pepper (habeneros, green peppers or kpakpo shito), onions, ginger, salt to taste and the all-important anchovies. In Ghana anchovies are affectionately called “Keta School boys”. Keta is a reference to the small town Keta in Ghana mentioned in Maya Angelou‘s All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes.
Keta school boys or anchovies (40-80g)
7-10 cherry tomatoes or 1-2 small or medium sized tomatoes
1 small onion
1 tablespoon of minced ginger
1 scotch bonnet pepper
Salt to taste
4 kpakpo shito (optional)
spring onions to garnish (optional)
1Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan
2Fry the Keta school boys (anchovies) for about 5-7 minutes turning ocassionally
3Drain the Keta school boys and set aside
4Blend the tomatoes, onions, scotch bonnet, kpakpo shito, ginger and the Keta school boys
5Add salt to taste
This is relatively hot but you can reduce the peppers to make it less so. Also reduce or add more Keta school boys (anchovies) depending on how strong a taste of the fish you want.