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YOUR KITCHEN: How to cook Oha Soup

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Oha Soup
 Oha Soup

Oha Soup
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Oha soup is native to the South Eastern Nigeria. It is a very traditional

soup similar to the bitterleaf soup but cooked with Oha leaves.


Ingredients for Oha Soup

  • Vegetable: Oha leaves
  • 8 small corms cocoyam
  • 3 cooking spoons Red Palm Oil
  • Assorted Beef: Includes best cut, shaki (cow tripe)
  • Assorted Fish: Dry Fish and Stock Fish
  • Chilli pepper, salt and crayfish (to taste)
  • 2 Stock cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Ogiri Igbo

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Before you cook the Nigerian Oha Soup

  1. Grind the crayfish and pepper and set aside.
  2. Wash and boil the cocoyam corms till soft. Remove the peels and use a mortar and pestle to pound the corms to a smooth paste.
  3. Using your fingers, cut the Oha leaves into tiny pieces. This technique is to prevent the vegetable from becoming darker in colour, which happens when you cut the ora leaves with a knife.

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Cooking Directions

  1. Boil the shaki (cow tripe), stock fish and dry fish in 1 litre of water till they are well done.
  2. Wash the beef and add to the pot of shaki etc. and continue cooking. When the meat is done, add 2 stock cubes and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the pepper and ground crayfish and cook for 10 minutes. Add the cocoyam paste in small lumps and then the palm oil.
  4. Cover the pot and leave to cook on high heat till all the cocoyam lumps have dissolved. You can add more water if you feel that the soup is too thick.
  5. Add the oha leaves and leave to cook for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add salt to taste, stir and the soup is ready!

Serve with Garri (Eba), Semolina Fufu, Amala, Cassava Fufuor Pounded Yam.

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