Top 15 popular Igbo Soups

7The Igbos in Nigeria are known for their richly made foods. One of which is their soups. Although could be similar, each soup differs based on the method of preparation, and ingredients used in cooking. There are a lot of soups in Igbo land, these soups can be peculiar to indigenous locals in various Eastern states in Nigeria. For the purpose of this article, “Ofe” will be used more often. “Ofe” in Igbo means Soup.

Here below is the 15 top Igbo soups;

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1. Ofe Ugba (African oil bean soup)

Ofe Ugba aka African oil bean soup is a delightfully tasty delicacy from Eastern Nigeria. It is a special soup of the owerri people and its environs. This soup can be called ofe ukpaka as well because African Oil bean seed is called either Ugba or Ukpaka depending on what part of Igbo land you hail from.

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2. Ofe Egusi

Ofe egusi is prepared in almost every home an Igbo person has ever-lived in. Egusi soup has a distinct taste and has been proven to be high in good fats which provide essential fatty acids needed for healthy brain function, skin, nails and hair. Ofe Egusi is not peculiar to any Igbo sub group or state as the soup is prepared in so may ways by different Igbo state or sub group but aside the general way of preparing Ofe Egusi, The Abians prepare Egusi in different way called Akpuruakpu Egusi.

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3. Ofe Anala (Anala Soup)

Ofe Anala, also known as Anala Soup or Ofe Ukpom, is a traditional Igbo soup from Nigeria. It is known for its rich and flavorful taste, often made with a combination of assorted meats, seafood, and local spices.

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4. Ofe achara (Achara Soup)

Ofe Achara is a popular soup among the Igbo tribe of Nigeria especially those of Abia, part of Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo state. Ofe Achara is cooked with lots of ingredients but what makes it special is the Achala plant which give it the name Ofe Achara (Achara soup).

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5. Ofe Ugu (Ugu Soup)

Ofe ugu is a typical Igbo soup served with swallows such as plantain fufu, amala or semo. It is easy and quick to prepare. Serve the soup with the swallow of your choice.

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6. Ofe okazi (Okazi soup)

Ofe Okazi is an Igbo soup made from the okazi leave and ugu . This delicious meal can be prepared in different ways depending on the state, while some prefer to use both ugu leave and okazi leave in preparing the soup, some prefer to use just the okazi leave. which ever way the okazi soup is prepared it can not be called okazi if the okazi leave is not used in the preparation. okazi is prepared with assorted fish, meat, spices and a soup thickener which can be either ofor, achi or ede.

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7. Ofe Ukpo (Ukpo soup)

Ukpo or Abachi is a seed used in thickening soups especially in the Eastern part of Nigeria it is a black round looking thickener that must be cooked and ground into powder before being used to prepare a home made delicacy that can be enjoyed with any swallow.

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8. Ofe Owerri (Owerri Soup)

Ofe Owerri is one of the most popular soup of the Igbo people and the expensive too. Ofe Owerri is more peculiar to the owerri people where it got it name from, ofe owerri is made with assorted meat like cow meat, snails, dried fish, stock fish etc.

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9. Ofe Akparata (Akparata soup)

Akparata powder is a thickener. It is always added to most soup to improve its thickness and achieve desired consistency. It’s a native thickener with an awesome aroma and taste. Akparata powder is mostly used in the Eastern part of Nigeria, Enugu to be precise.

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10. Ofe Okra (Okra Soup)

Okra soup is one of the most common soups eaten by the people of Igbo. Okra soup is made with okra vegetables cooked in a delicious mixture of palm oil, shrimps, goat meat, fish, and African spices and simmered to perfection! Okra soup is deliciously satisfying, nutritious, and loaded with proteins and healthy fat.

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11. Ofe Onugbu (Onugbu soup)

Ofe Onugbu is a popular Igbo soup. A lot of non-Igbos shy away from bitter leaf soup because they think that, true to it’s name, it is a very bitter soup. But they can’t be more wrong; Ofe Onugbu does not taste bitter in the slightest. The leaves have to be thoroughly washed to get rid of the bitterness before it’s added to the soup.

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12. Ofe Achi (Achi Soup)

Prepared mainly with achi, ofe achi can be spiced with basic ingredients and any kind of leaf. It also goes well with any kind of swallow.

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13. Ofe Nsala (Nsala Soup)
Ofe Nsala is a very mouth-watering white soup indigenous to the people of Eastern and Riverline areas of Nigeria. ofe nsala is very a tasty and quite easy to make, ofe nsala is mainly prepared for nursing mothers although its open to every one, this delicacy is traditionally made without the use of palm oil as compared to other Igbo soups that require red palm oil as one of its main ingredients. The total absence of the palm oil is what makes this dish so appealing to new mothers.

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14. Ofe Ogbono (Ogbono Soup)
Ogbono is definitely one of the most delicious, nutritious and mouth-watering soups of the Igbo people. Ogbono seeds which give the soup its name is gotten from two different trees, the Adu tree and the Ugiri tree but the Ogbono gotten from the Adu tree is more popular and more expensive than that of ugiri.

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15. Ofe Akwu (Banga soup or palm nut soup)

Ofe Akwu is a very popular soup of Igbo people of South Eastern and south southern parts of Nigeria. In the South Eastern parts of Nigeria, ofe akwu is used mainly as stew and eaten with white rice while our brothers at the other side of the river niger commonly eat ofe akwu which they also refer as banga soup can be taken with various fufu recipes such as, Starch, Pounded Yam, Semolina, Garri and Cassava Fufu.

Top 15 Igbo soups


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