Monday, 13 July 2015

Nigerian Black Soup recipe (Omoebe)

Recently during one of my market runs, i stopped by mama odion's kiosk to get vegetables. She's my favorite leafy vegetable seller at the local market because she always brings the freshest vegetables daily to sell and she also gives me great discounts too. On getting there, i met her devouring a big bowl of pounded yam with a dark colored soup. Due to curiosity i asked her what the name of the soup was and she said Black soup. She then proceeded to tell me how it's prepared. Her neighbor mama nengi also used that opportunity to sell her fresh Titus fish to me when she overheard mama friday putting me through...lol! sharp woman. This soup turned out an instant hit with the fam and didn't even last in the pot till the next day. Black soup is a tasty and nutritious Nigerian soup native to the people from the south-south i.e (Benin) Edo state. It is a staple soup made from a combination of ground leafy vegetables which gives it a dark color hence the name black soup. Click HERE to view full list of Nigerian leafy vegetables.

How to make Nigerian black soup
• Prep Time:
  30 minutes
• Total Time: Over 1 hr
• Region:       South-south ('Benin' Edo state)
• Misc :          Serve hot with "swallow"

Ingredients:::
• 1 fresh fish (i used mackerel aka titus)
• 6 pieces beef
• 1 medium size smoked Fish
• 4 pieces pomo
• 1 cup periwinkle
• 1 cooking spoon ground crayfish
• 2 medium sized yellow pepper, ground
• 2 cups banga juice (palm fruit extract) or palm oil
• 1 medium bunch scent leaves
• 1 handful washed bitter leaves 
• 1 medium bunch uziza leaves
• 1 medium bunch ugwu leaves 
• 2 seasoning cubes
• salt to taste

Directions:::
Step 1: The first step is to prepare the leaves. To prepare the already hand washed bitter leaves for extra precaution, it's best to par-boil for about 10 minutes before re-washing with clean water just like it's done when preparing bitter leaf soup. While doing this, make sure the pot is left uncovered otherwise it'd bubble out. Once you're done boiling, strain with a sieve and rinse severally with cold water. Squeeze off excess water - Set Aside. 



Soak the scent leaves, uziza leaves and ugwu leaves in salt water for 5 mins and rinse with clean water. Chop into smaller pieces with a knife and place in a a blender with the washed bitter leaves. Add a little water just to make the blades of the blender move an grind. Set this aside. 

Step 2: Place the beef and pomo in a small pot, add the seasoning cubes and salt to taste. Cook for about 20 minutes till tender and the liquid in the pot reduces. 



Step 3: Add the washed smoked fish and fresh fish, banga juice, blended pepper, crayfish, washed periwinkles and leave to cook further for about 10 minutes. 



Gently pour in the blended vegetables, stir and cook for another 10-12 minutes before turning off the burner. Serve with your favorite form of swallow 



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35 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:56 am

    kinda looks like Edikai kang. Dobby please can you please put up a recipe on how to prepare garden egg sauce. thanks

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    1. Okay Anon! would put that up soon.

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  2. Looks delicious!! @Anon - I beg to difer a wee bit. It does look a lot more like Afang than Ekikang Ikong though.....

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  3. Anonymous6:06 pm

    correct @Calabat Gal. I am kinda mix them up. you're right, its Afang. noted 😊

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  4. Nice one

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  5. Nice one

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  6. In Edo state we actually blend the scent leaves and Ebu-a-mo - okho (yet to get the botanical name) with a little palm oil to get it smoother. I guess the uziza and bitter leaf are a new twist too. Your picture looks delicious.

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    1. ebu a mo okho is thesame thing as scent leaf... my step mom can make this soup for africa....


      THIS IS NO RANDOM THOUGHT

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  7. Chai...this black soup looks delicious oh!

    Great post.
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    Inspire them to pursue their passion, to pursue greatness.
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  8. I just recently told my mum there's a soup called black soup but couldn't prepare it. It's my friend that brought it 2 hostel one day o I ate almost everything. 10ks.

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    1. You're welcome kemikane

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  9. Dobbys nice one, I love the soup anyday, anytime.

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  10. wummy8:40 pm

    dobby what is the process for getting the banga sauce? lovely presentation.

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    1. Hi wunmi, just click on the link in the ingredients list

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  11. Nice one
    In the case where there is no blender does pounding still give the needed reaction??

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    1. Thanks Myraclebee. No it wouldn't. Most people use the local grinding stone instead.

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    1. you're welcome myraclebee

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  13. Grace8:57 am

    Dobby you are a blessing!! Am from Edo but cant make this soup but I have eaten it in the past and its lovely. Will be making this on Saturday!!

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    1. Thanks Grace. Do let us know how it turns out

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  14. Is yellow pepper the same as yellow bell pepper?

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    1. No it's not. Yellow pepper is more like Yellow scotch bonnet.

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  15. ebu a mo okho is thesame thing as scent leaf... my step mom can make this soup for africa....

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  16. Can I add water leaves as well? Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Anonymous4:48 am

      Not for this recipe

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  17. Anonymous11:14 am

    Hi dobby must I use banga sauce

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    1. You could use palmoil if Banga isn't available

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  18. Ewooo Dobby Dobby.

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  19. Anonymous5:05 pm

    This is so so nice...tried your recipe and honey had to ask for more. ῳɛƖƖ ɖơŋɛ ɖɛąཞıɛ!!!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Anon :)

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    1. Glad it had that effect :)

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