Thursday, 1 October 2015

Cat fish pepper soup - Point and kill recipe

Happy Independence day and happy new month everyone! Well, well, hope you had a wonderful celebration like i did. Most people said it wasn't as bubbly as it used to be due to the budget cut but i guess a change has finally come to our dear country. Here's how the day went down for me; i woke up early in the morning to watch the independence day speech by President Muhammadu Buhari then headed to the market to get fish for cat fish pepper soup a.k.a point and kill. The name point and kill is a popular name for this dish and was coined from the fact that when you go to local restaurants or bars to order for this delicacy, you'd be taken to a fish pond to select the fish you want. To select, you point at the fish and it would be brought out of the water and killed. Next, all you have to do is relax for about 20-30 minutes for the cat fish pepper soup to be prepared. Cat fish pepper soup is a tasty and healthy delicacy prepared with local herbs and enjoyed by many. Here's how it's made...

How to make cat fish pepper soup
• Prep time:
 15 mins
• Cook time: 15 mins

• Total time:  30 mins
• Misc:           Serve hot

Ingredients:::
• 1 medium sized Cat Fish
• 3 Calabash Nutmeg seeds (Ehu/Ariwo)
• 4 Habanero Pepper or chili pepper (to taste)- ground
• 2 tbsp. Crayfish - ground
• A handful scent leaves
• 4 Utazi leaves
• 1 medium sized onion
• 2 seasoning cubes
• Salt to taste


Directions:::
Step 1: To prepare the fish, cut the cat fish into 1-inch thick slices as shown HERE. Boil some hot water and pour on the pieces of fish, stir and remove immediately. This toughens the skin of the fish so that it does not fall apart during cooking. For a detailed tutorial on how to kill and clean catfish, Click Here.


Step 2: Now it is time to prepare the 'secret' ingredient. There are two methods of doing this;
Method 1: Using an old frying pan, roast the Ehu seeds (stirring constantly) till you can smell it. Another way to know that it is OK is to take one of the seeds and try to remove the outer membrane. If the membrane comes off easily, then the Ehu is done. Peel off the skin and grind the ehu in a dry mill.

Method 2: Roast the iwo/ erhe over direct flame. Remove the shell and pound into a smooth powder. Calabash nutmeg is also known as; Gudan Miya, Ikpoosa, Ehuru, Ehu, Posa, Iwo, Erhe.

Step 3: Cut the onions into tiny pieces - Set aside. Wash and pick the scent leaves and utazi leaves, slice into smaller pieces - Set aside. 


Step 4: Place the pieces of fish in a pot, add the chopped onion and pour water just enough to cover the fish, add the crushed seasoning and bring to the boil. Once it starts to boil add the ground pepper, ehu, crayfish, salt to taste and continue cooking for about 5 mins. Once the catfish is done, add the chopped leaves. Leave to simmer for about 3 minutes and it's ready!
Serve the cat fish pepper soup hot!




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27 comments:

  1. I can't eat cat fish choi I love it. I am always coming bk here and reloading the page. You doing a good job really good. But this ehu see I never see am o

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    1. Thanks Kemikane. Ehu is not rare to find at all. it's sold by people who sell peppersoup spice.

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  2. All round awesomeness, everytime. Well done!

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  3. Thanks Dobby. Will surely try this out.

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    1. Do keep us posted k.

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  4. Anonymous12:00 pm

    Well done dobby!did u add vegetable oil to it?

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    1. No i didn't add vegetable oil to it.

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  5. Anonymous12:01 pm

    Well done dobby! Pls did u add vegetable oil to the pepper soup?

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    1. No i didn't add vegetable oil to it.

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  6. Ekene1:30 pm

    Nice one.. Azu ndu.

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  7. Hussain1:31 pm


    Happy Independence day

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    1. Same to you Hussain :)

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  8. This is really lovely Dobby, will sure add you to my blog list. You are really creative and unique, i love your work. I also love the quality of pictures you have up in here it make the food more mouth watering.I blog about cakes www.anniescakeville.blogspot.com and i am a big fan of originality that why i keep coming back to read your posts. Keep up the good work and hope to collaborate with you on pastry in the nearest future. We will get there! Girl Power!

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    1. Awww!!! thanks Annie :). Checked out your blog, you're doing a real great job :).

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  9. hi dobby, I want to confirm If I can use the method of preparation above for normal pepper soup( use of cow and its various parts). Anticipating your reply

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    1. Yes you can. For Assorted meat peppersoup, follow HERE

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    2. choi cat fish pepper what?!

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  10. Nice one, the hausa name for calabash nutmeg is Gedan miya tho

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    1. Aww!!! thanks unknown :).

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  11. Found your page today.... And I must confess am loving it! ...

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    1. Glad to have you here Martha.

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  12. Your cooking directions is almost word for word (up to an extent) with that of another food blog site. Especially the 'secret ingredients'part. Why?😕😕😕

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    1. Hi jokey, lots of people copy blog posts from this site without giving credit. It's possible you came across one of such blogs.

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