HOW TO PREPARE ONUGBU SOUP
The Onugbu soup is a very popular soup in the eastern part of Nigeria. The soup got its name from the vegetable used in cooking it, Onugbu, which is the Bitterleaf. Its relatively bitter taste makes it ideal for those avoiding sugary foods.
Anytime you visit the Eastern part of Nigeria, just ask of it in any restaurant, you will have it served you at once. But you don’t need to visit the restaurants in the Eastern part of Nigeria before you can prepare and taste the delicious soup. That is why this tutorial is prepared for you.
Now, let’s get started.
The first thing to do is to assemble the ingredients.
• The onugbu (Bitterleaf)
The leaves are the major ingredient in the soup. Just like the name it is bitter. So, we can’t use it like that. We have to squeeze and wash it very well to remove the bitterness in it. But if you can do that, you can always buy the properly washed one from the foodstuff market in the eastern part of Nigeria.
• Coco Yam
The coco yam is used to make the soup thick. Without which the soup is watery. The coco yam is a source of carbohydrate to the meal. You can get them in food stuff markets in Nigeria but mostly in the East. Some people who do subsistence farming plant them. So, you can as well buy from them. In some cases, you can use yam as a substitute to the cocoyam.
• Red Oil
The oil makes the soup look appetizing. It is a source of vitamin A and as well fats and oil. Some people use Palm Fruits instead of the processed red oil. I will be taken you through the two steps later. You can get the red oil in any food stuff market or shops in Nigeria. But the palm fruits can mostly be found in the Eastern Nigeria.
The meat is always seen as the most precious constituents of any soup. It is a source of protein to the meal. I also want to use this medium to advice people to stop eating animal fats or meats dominated by fats. They contain cholesterol which is not good for the Heart. You can get meats in food stuff markets or slaughter houses in Nigeria. You can as well use dry meat to make your soup.
The fish add more respect to the soup just like the meat. It is a source of protein to the meal. The Stock fish i.e. the dry one. The Stock fish can be used along with the fresh one to the taste of the cook. You can get them at shops or food stuff markets in Nigeria.
The pepper has a unique taste and enhancement it gives to the soup that makes it an ingredient that we cannot do without. We have fresh and dry ones. Both serve the same purpose. It is a source of vitamin and mineral salt. You can get them in shops or food stuff markets in Nigeria.
• Cray Fish
The Cray fish is a major ingredient in the soup. It adds a special kind of flavor to the soup. It is also a source of protein. You can get it in a shop or market in Nigeria.
The ogiri is a local ingredient found only in the eastern part of Nigeria. It is significant for its smell. It is made from the castor seed. It smells somehow bad but gives the soup a wonderful taste when used. It is one of the major ingredients that can not be skipped when cooking soups like Oha or Onugbu soup. You can get it in any foodstuff shop or market in the eastern part of Nigeria.
• Cube or Sachet Seasoning
This adds special taste to the soup. It enhances the flavor of the soup. You can get them in any grocery outlet or market in Nigeria.
Salt is one of the major ingredients in any soup. It is rich in mineral. You can get it in any grocery outlet or market in Nigeria.
Click to see the steps involved in preparing the Onugbu soup with red oil or the steps involved in preparing the Onugbu soup with palm fruit
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EGBUM DANIEL CHUKWUBUIKEM