How to Prepare Oha Soup with Achi and Egusi

How to Prepare Oha Soup with Achi and Egusi

How to Cook Oha Soup with Achi and Egusi

How to Cook Oha Soup with Achi and Egusi

Let’s talk about my two favorite Oha Soup Recipes.

Of which my favorite is Oha with Achi. Oha with coco-yam almost tastes the same, but the creamy nature of Achi is exceptional compared to the creamy quality of coco-yam. Oha soup cooked with coco-yam usually tend to get lumpy if not well prepared. Also, note that different parts of eastern Nigeria cook Oha soup with different oils. Anambra people use Ofe Akwu (Freshly obtained palm kernel gravy), while Imo people use Palm oil (already stored). You will get the same result, but the one cooked with Ofe Akwu has this distinct traditional taste you will never get from palm oil.

Oha Soup with Achi

This style of Oha soup is almost the same as the one I just described. The only difference is the Achi, and in my case, I prefer using the Uziza leaves instead of the seed.

Ingredient:

  • Handful Uziza Leaves.
  • 3 teaspoons of Achi
  • Smoked Fish
  • Stock fish, the head especially (Okporoko)
  • 4 Tablespoons of Ground Crayfish
  • 2 teaspoons of Cameroon pepper
  • 2 Maggi Cubes (Crayfish Flavor)
  • 3 Table Spoons of Salt
  • Assorted meats (Beef, goat meat, Pomo, Shaki are ideal)
  • 2 Cooking Spoons of Palm oil
  • 1 Bunch of Oha leaves

Preparation:

Just like the previous soup;

You will start by washing your beef and seasoning it with salt, and Maggi. Do not add water; leave it to boil. The water from the meat will seep out and cook the meat. Doing it this way will ensure that the seasoning flavor will be tasted when eating the meat. While the meat is boiling, use hot water to wash the stock fish, and smoked fish. Wash properly and separate the entrails because you wouldn’t want to get the taste of bile while eating. Rinse in cold water and add the fish to the pot where the meat is already boiling. This will be the best time to add the water needed to make the soup. When adding water, let it be 4 inches above the stock (a combination of meat and fish for soup). This will give you enough moisture to cook the Achi.

Most people buy the Achi seeds and grind, while others buy the powder. But in my case, I prefer buying the powder. Mix the three spoons of Achi with water and leave it. Mixing it with water prevents it from clogging in the pot.

Check your pot of stock. If it is already boiling all-round, add the two spoons of red oil, and the two spoons of pepper. Leave to simmer for another two minutes, then add the Achi mixture. Leave to simmer for another 6-8 minutes. The soup would have a creamy feel and texture, and the Achi would have dissolved completely; blending correctly with the oil. The color this time will be a bright yellow color. Add the already washed Uziza leaves, Maggi cube, and crayfish. Leave to simmer for a minute. Then add the previously washed and shredded Oha leaves. Turn off your fire, and let the steam cook the leaves. If you put the Oha leaves when the pot is still on the fire and leave it to cook for long, the leaves will turn black and taste bitter. It is very tender and sensitive to excess heat.

Your Oha soup is ready to eat. You could take it with either Eba, Fufu, or Semovita, depending on what you want.

Oha with Egusi

A few Igbo people only cook this particular combination. In this case, the soup is expected to be thick.

Ingredients:

  • Handful Uziza Leaves.
  • 1 teaspoon of Achi
  • I small chunk of Usu
  • A cup of Egusi
  • Smoked Fish
  • Stockfish, the head especially (Okporoko)
  • 4 Tablespoons Ground Crayfish
  • 2 teaspoons of Cameroon pepper
  • 2 Maggi Cubes (Crayfish Flavor)
  • 3 Table Spoons of Salt
  • 2 bulbs of onion
  • Assorted meats (Beef, goat meat, Ponmo, Shaki are ideal)
  • 3 Cooking Spoon of Palm oil
  • 1 Bunch of Oha leaves

Preparation:

Just like the previous soup,

You will start by washing your beef and seasoning it with salt, Maggi and this time chopped onions. Do not add water; leave it to boil. The water from the meat will seep out and cook the meat. Doing it this way will ensure that the seasoning flavor will be tasted when eating the meat. While the meat is boiling, use hot water to wash the stock fish, and smoked fish. Wash properly and separate the entrails because you wouldn’t want to get the taste of bile while eating. Rinse in cold water and add the fish to the pot where the meat is already boiling. Add water, like 4 inches above the stock, and leave it to cook.

While the stock boils, mix your Usu with water, enough to make it a paste (not light). Carry out the same procedure for the Egusi.

Once the stock has boiled, add oil and pepper to it. Leave it to simmer for 6 minutes. At this point, the oil and water would have blended. Add the Achi paste, stir and leave to boil for four minutes. After this is done, add the Egusi paste and stir. Leave to simmer for another four minutes. When this is done, pour the powdered Usu into the pot and leave for two minutes. When you open your pot, you will notice that the soup is bubbly and thick. Add the Uziza leaves and leave it to boil another two minutes.

Finally, add your Oha leaves, and turn off the light. The steam will cook the Oha vegetable. You can eat it with any swallow of your choice.

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