HOW TO MAKE OGBONO SOUP
Ogbono soup is one of the most popular soup in Nigeria, it is slimy in nature and helps your swallow slide down easily. Most Nigerians like their ogbono soup plain while some prefer adding vegetables to it.
Though the method of preparation differs from tribe to tribe, some people prefer the frying method, which is frying the ogbono first before adding other ingredients, but this frying method has failed many people, but don’t worry, the method of preparation I’m going to show you is one of the best and easiest that has never failed me. So join me as we prepare our delicious soup.
First of all, we have to get our ingredients ready before we proceed to cooking.
1 cup of ogbono seeds
2 cooking spoon of Red palm oil
Ugu leaves or bitter leaf
1 onion (sliced)
3 tablespoons of ground crayfish
Salt and pepper to taste
Now that we have get all your ingredients ready, the next step before we start our cooking is to grind the ogbono seeds, then set it aside. If you are using ugu leaves, make sure you wash them with hot water so that you can get rid of the dirt. But don’t soak it for too long.
Also if you are using bitter leaf, soak it with hot water and squeeze it very well so as to get rid of the bitter taste. Now grind your crayfish and pepper, set a big pot on a low heat to cook the assorted meat, add the sliced onions, seasoning and salt to taste. Cover the pot and leave it to cook for like 20 minutes so as to release the natural juices of the meats.
After the 20 minutes cooking, add more water, make sure the water cover the meat, set your cooker on a medium heat and let the meat cook for about 30-40 minutes, with that cooking timing, the meat should be tender by then.
Now add your stockfish and cook for 5 minutes again, after the 5 minutes cooking, take the stockfish out and shred it into tiny pieces. After this, you can now add the ground pepper, crayfish and palm oil, cook for another 5 minutes so that the palm oil will be well combine with the meats.
Now the next step is to add your grounded ogbono gradually, continue stirring it so that it can fully dissolve. Leave it to cook for 15 minutes.
Note; Don’t cover the pot after you have add the ogbono, this can make the soup watery and also loss the slimy nature.
You can now add the ugu leaves or bitter leaf then stir it together, let it cook for another 5 minutes before you switch off the heat. The soup may have become thicker from the cooking, all you have to do is just add little hot water and mix very well, then leave it to simmer.
Note; Don’t add cold water to the soup during the cooking process, so that it won’t loss the slimy nature.
You can now enjoy your ogbono soup with any swallow of your choice.
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