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THE MAKING OF ‘OFE NSALA’

One of the most popular and sought after indigenous Nigerian soups is Ofe Nsala or White Soup. It is a very rich and delicious soup among the Igbos from the South-Eastern part of Nigerian. Listed below are ingredients needed to make Ofe Nsala. One is not bound to use all the ingredients listed below:

OFE NSALA: Ingredients

  • Yam
  • Ground dry crayfish
  • 2 seasoning cubes (Maggi/Knorr) of your choice
  • Uziza seeds
  • Uziza leaves
  • Dried fish
  • Fresh fish
  • Stockfish (okporoko, if you wish)
  • Meat (chicken, goat, beef)
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Onions

Steps on how to cook Nsala soup

  • Peel a small quantity of yam nicely, dice into smaller sizes and rinse well.
  • Rinse the meat and stockfish into a pot.
  • Add the blended pepper, onions, stock cubes, salt, and place on heat to cook.
  • Add enough water to the meat and also add the peeled yams and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Once the yam is soft, remove from the content.
  • Let the meat and stockfish cook for a while until it turns out very soft.
  • Place the yam in the mortar and mash gently or use a blender to blend it and set aside.
  • Add some ground crayfish to the meat, more stock cube, and uziza seed and stir properly, you can add more water if the initial is dried up.
  • Cut the mashed yam into small sizes and drop into the pot containing the meat to dissolve.
  • After the yam has dissolved in the content, taste for seasoning and adjust if need be.
  • Add the shredded uziza leaves sparingly and stir well to combine, leave the soup to simmer for few minutes on medium heat.
  • Serve with pounded yam or fufu.

Credit: Vivian Onyebukwa

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