Oha Soup is a traditional Nigerian soup that originates from the Igbo tribe in Eastern Nigeria. It is a delicious soup made with Oha leaves (also known as Ora leaves), assorted meat, and spices. Oha Soup is often enjoyed with Fufu or Eba, which are staple foods in Nigeria.
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2 cups of shredded Oha leaves
1 pound of assorted meat (beef, goat meat, or chicken)
1 smoked fish (optional)
1/4 cup of palm oil
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of ground crayfish
2 habanero peppers, chopped (adjust to your desired level of spiciness)
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ground ogiri or iru (optional)
Large pot with a lid
Wash and season the assorted meat with salt and pepper, then cook until tender in a large pot of boiling water. Once cooked, remove the meat from the pot and set aside. Keep the stock in the pot.
If using smoked fish, remove the skin and bones and set aside.
In a blender, blend the chopped onion, ground crayfish, habanero peppers, and ground ogiri or iru (if using) with a little water until smooth.
Add the palm oil to the pot of stock and bring to a boil.
Add the blended mixture to the pot and stir well. Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the cooked meat and smoked fish (if using) to the pot and stir well.
Add the shredded Oha leaves to the pot and stir well. Allow the soup to cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the leaves are tender.
Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning as needed. If the soup is too thick, add a little water to thin it out.
Serve hot with Fufu or Eba.
Allergy Concerns: This recipe is 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 Oha Soup (approximately 1 cup) contains approximately 200-250 calories.
Healthy Alternatives: To make this recipe even healthier, you can use lean meats such as chicken breast or turkey instead of beef or goat meat. You can also use vegetable oil instead of palm oil, or reduce the amount of oil used.
Spicy Level: The habanero peppers in this recipe add a nice level of spiciness, but you can adjust the amount to your liking. If you prefer a milder soup, reduce the amount of habanero peppers or omit them altogether.
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