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Last Updated 25/11/2020

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How To Make Ofe Nsala White Soup

Here's how to make the Ofe Nsala White Soup:

Ofe Nsala White Soup Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This recipe is a delicious Igbo white soup made using standard ingredients like yam, catfish, uziza, utazi, ogiri and so on.  

4.7 Star Rating

Ofe Nsala White Soup Recipe

Category:
Soup

Method:
Cooked

Cuisine:
Nigerian

Serves
5 people

Prep Time
15 Min

Total Time
1H 15 Min

Ingredients:
  • 6-8 slices of baby fist yam
  • 1 teaspoon of uziza seeds
  • 1 cup of sliced uziza leaves
  • 2 medium sizes of smoked fish
  • 2 tablespoons of ogiri
  • A handful of sliced utazi leaves
  • 5 pieces of medium catfish
  • 4 tablespoons of crayfish
  • 1 maggi crayfish
  • Pepper to taste 
  • Salt to taste 
Directions: 
  1. 1
    In a pot, bring your yam slices to a boil and cook till it’s soft. Mash with the aid of either a food processor or mortar and pestle to form a fine dough then set aside.
  2. 2
    Boil water and then add to the bowl containing your cat fish, allow to sit for about 5 minutes for the slime to come out. Drain after and scrap out the slime with a knife.
  3. 3
    Blend your spices together, that is your uziza seeds, ogiri and crayfish. Wash and slice your Uziza and Utazi leaves then set aside.
  4. 4
    In a large pot on medium heat, add your catfish, season with Maggi crayfish, salt, dry pepper and add water to the level of the fish. Bring to a boil till almost done then add your yam dough (Pounded yam) in bits till it’s dissolved into the broth.
  5. 5
    Add your blended spice mix of ogiri, crayfish and uziza seeds. Stir well to combine and allow to simmer for 3 minutes. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  6. 6
    After which, add your utazi and uziza leaves sparingly so that the leaves don’t overshadow the soup (remember it’s a light soup), stir into the soup, allow to simmer for a couple of minutes then take off heat.
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Notes: 
  • Other thickeners can still be used like cocoyam paste, ground oats, mashed Irish potatoes but the gold standard thickener is Yam.
  • The difference between Ofe Nsala White Soup and Afia Efere White Soup is that Afia Efere uses Uyayak (Aidan fruit) and doesn't use Uziza seeds, Uda, Ogiri, Utazi or Uziza leaves.
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Ofe Nsala Recipe (#1 Best Way) - Fit Nigerian
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Type: Soup

Cuisine: Nigerian

Recipe Yield: 5 servings

Preparation Time: PT15M

Cooking Time: PT1H

Total Time: PT1H15M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Yam
  • Utazi
  • Uziza
  • Catfish
  • Smoked Fish
  • Crayfish
  • Ogiri
  • Seasoning cube
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Editor's Rating:
4.7

What is Uziza seeds?

Uziza seeds are tiny black seeds obtained from the fresh fruits of the uziza plant.

What is the Yoruba name for Uziza seeds?

Yoruba name for Uziza seeds is “Ata Iyere”. Uziza seeds are also known as West African black pepper or Ashanti pepper

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