Ofe Onugbu is a popular soup of Igbo tribe of Eastern Nigeria. although Ofe Onugbu cut across the entire Igbo land, it is more peculiar to the Igbo people of Anambra and Enugu State. Onugbu is the Igbo word for Bitter-leaf, although the name of the soup is bitter leaf soup, the soup itself is not bitter at all because the leaf must be thoroughly washed to get rid of the bitterness before it is used.
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Recipe for Ofe Onugbu ”Bitter Leaf Soup”.
Below are things you then for your onugbu soup.
Salt to taste.
Start by steaming the beef, chicken and stock fish with knorr cube and salt boil till tender.
while the meats are boiling, boil the cocoyam with the skin on. boil till tender, this should take roughly 20 minutes on medium heat.
When they’re soft, peel the skin off,chop them into small chunks in your electric blender, add little water and blend. If you don’t have blender, pound till smooth in a mortar then set aside.
Wash the bitter leaves with hot water to get rid of as much bitterness as you can. There should be almost no hint of bitterness left in the leaves after washing.
When the meats are all soft, add the dried fish, crayfish and ground pepper stir and combine.
Add the palm oil leave to thoroughly combine for 3- 4 minutes.
Add the blended cocoyam into the stock in small dollops. The cocoyam will dissolve and combine for 2-3 minutes.
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Then add the ogiri, stir and combine.
Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
Then add the washed bitter leaves to cook for 2-3 minutes. Do not overcook your vegetable.
And it’s done. Serve with your preferred swallow.