It would be a sin if I don’t share this lovely hearty recipe with you all. How are you doing today? This recipe is classic, it is simple and above all yummy. The dish is called okra pepper soup, it is mostly eaten by the Uhrobo people in Nigeria. Seriously, a part of me should move to side of the country mainly for their good food.
I thought I love banga soup (Niger-Delta style) until I tried Ofe Akwu (Ibo style) and God I have been hooked since then. Ofe Akwu is versatile, affordable and easy to cook. I’m yet to try abak atama soup, basically because of the Adrian fruit (Uyayak). I have a thing for that fruit and I always say to myself It will never go into my soups but hey! never say never.
My friend sent me a picture of what he was cooking some couple of days ago, and for a minute, I found myself asking 100 questions from is that efo tete, to are you sure it’s the real thing and, where did you get it from? How much did you pay for it? Anyways at the end of my questions, I just told him,
I hail o my Delta people, today’s recipe is egusi pepper soup. Yes, the same egusi (ground melon seed) we use in making delicious efo elegusi, lumpy egusi and egusi ijebu. When I started this blog some months back, one of my besties from Delta State gave me some recipes of the dishes cooked from her side.
Ogbono (ogbolo/apon) soup is one of my go to soups when I’m running out of time and I need to cook something yet great. Ogbono, is another popular soup in Nigeria and it is cooked differently in every household and can be mixed with different vegetables too. For today’s recipe, I have made it as simple as I could and this method
‘Iya Basira’s’ stew has been saving lives since forever. I must confess here, I have had a few share of iya basira’s beef stew (Iya Basira is an alias for some of the many women who owns a buka or ‘mama put’ in common parlance). In fact one of my friends used to say the dirtier the better simply meaning that the more skanky the restaurant (Buka) looks, the better the food tastes.
I recently fell in love with Uziza leaf and our love has kept blossoming in my kitchen. It is early days but I think you can guess by now that I added uziza leaves to this efo riro. Well I did, and I have no regrets. Efo riro is for us the yorubas and as a proud Yoruba gal I am allowed to brag and I can tell you, I know how to cook delicious efo riro.
What can I say about this beautiful, delicious and hearty soup other than, if you have not had it before, you should try and cook it. It is rich and packed with all the nutrients you need. If you are on a diet and you are not sure if you can have some Nigerian soups because of the oil content and all, then this soup is for you.
I recently posted ila alasepo recipe from the blog archives in some facebook food groups and I asked people how they like their own okra soup. Few people responded and what they all had in common was the addition of ugwu and uziza leaves to their okra soup. This last weekend I made some okra soup and yes I hearkened to the suggestion and made some changes
Some few weeks ago, one of my instagram buddies posted catfish pepper soup and tagged me. Her picture got me drooling and craving. I told her I was going to make mine….. Anyway, long story short, I made catfish pepper soup that night under the pretence that it would help my cold at the time.