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Nsala Soup Recipe

Nsala Soup, also known as White Soup, is a popular Nigerian soup from the Igbo tribe. It is a light and flavorful soup made with goat meat or chicken, yam, and spices. Traditionally, Nsala Soup is served with pounded yam or fufu and is a popular dish during festive occasions.


1 pound of goat meat or chicken

1 small onion, chopped

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of ground crayfish (optional)

1 teaspoon of ground utazi leaves (optional)

1 teaspoon of ground uziza leaves (optional)

1 teaspoon of ground Ehuru seeds (African nutmeg) (optional)

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons of fresh ginger, minced

2 cups of yam, peeled and diced

6 cups of water

1/4 cup of palm oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Large pot with a lid


Wooden spoon


Mortar and pestle (optional)

Chef's knife

Cutting board


Wash the goat meat or chicken and place it in a large pot with the chopped onion, salt, and enough water to cover the meat. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the meat is tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

While the meat is cooking, peel and dice the yam and set aside.

Once the meat is tender, remove it from the pot and set it aside. Strain the broth through a sieve to remove any impurities and return it to the pot.

Add the minced garlic and ginger to the pot, along with the ground crayfish, utazi leaves (if using), uziza leaves (if using), and Ehuru seeds (if using). Stir well and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the diced yam to the pot. Simmer until the yam is soft and cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.

While the yam is cooking, blend the cooked goat meat or chicken in a blender until it is shredded into small pieces. If you prefer a smoother soup, you can blend the meat until it is pureed.

Once the yam is cooked through, add the shredded or pureed meat to the pot and stir well. Add the palm oil and simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot with pounded yam or fufu.

Allergy Concerns:

This recipe is naturally gluten-free and can be made dairy-free by omitting any milk or cream. If you have any other allergies, please be sure to check the ingredients carefully before making this recipe.

Calories Intake:

Each serving of Nsala Soup contains approximately 250-300 calories.

Healthy Alternatives:

To make this recipe even healthier, you can substitute the palm oil with a healthier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. You can also add some chopped vegetables such as spinach or kale to the soup for added nutrition.

Spicy Level:

This recipe is not very spicy, but you can adjust the level of spiciness by adding more pepper or using hotter peppers such as habanero or scotch bonnet.

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We hope you find this recipe and information helpful! Enjoy making and eating your homemade Nsala Soup!

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