by Debby

Last Updated 30/10/2020

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This recipe post would walk you through how to make two (2) delicious variations of the Ora/Ofe Oha Soup.

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How to make Ora/Ofe Oha Soup (Classic)

Here's how to make Ora/Ofe Oha Soup from the eastern part of Nigeria:

Ora/Ofe Oha Soup Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This recipe is the the standard way of making the Ora/Ofe Oha Soup recipe.

4.7 Star Rating

ofe oha soup recipe

Category:
Soup

Method:
Cooked

Cuisine:
Nigerian

Serves
10 people

Prep Time
20 Min

Total Time
1H 5 Min

Ingredients:
  • 120g of Oha leaves shredded with hands
  • 500g of beef
  • 500g of stockfish
  • 1-2 dry fish deboned and cleaned
  • 1-2 tablespoons of ogiri
  • ¼ cup of ground crayfish
  • 1-2 cooking spoons of palm oil
  • Chilli pepper to taste 
  • Salt to taste
  • 7 cups of beef stock or water
  • 1 tablespoon of thickener of choice (e.g Cocoyam paste, Ground Achi, Ground ofo, Cornstarch, Oats, All-purpose flour, etc)
Directions: 
  1. 1
    If using cocoyam paste as a thickener, put to a boil and cook till it’s soft. Peel back then pound to form a fine paste
  2. 2
    In a large pot, add your beef and water enough to the level of your beef then place on medium heat. Season appropriately and allow it to cook for about 20mins.
  3. 3
    Add your stockfish and water (if needed) and allow to cook till it’s tender. Alternatively, if your beef and fish are already pre-cooked then just place your stock on low-medium heat then add already precooked beef before continuing with the remaining cooking process.
  4. 4
    When cooked till tender, add your dry fish, ground crayfish and chilli/dry pepper (to taste). Stir to combine and allow to simmer for a few seconds.
  5. 5
    Add your palm oil and allow it to cook for about 10mins so that the oil gets infused with the beef stock.
  6. 6
    Add your cocoyam paste or any thickener of choice and ogiri. Allow to cook for a bit, then stir to combine.
  7. 7
    Add your already washed and shredded Oha leaves. Stir to combine, taste for salt (add if necessary) then allow to simmer for about 3 minutes.
  8. 8
    Take off heat. Serve with any swallow of choice.
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How to make Ofe Oha Na Egusi 

This recipe is inspired by Dooney’s kitchen. The idea is to make Egusi paste as the thickener as opposed to using cocoyam paste or any other traditional thickeners.

Ofe Oha Na Egusi Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This recipe is a varition of oha soup where Egusi paste in added as thickner.

4.7 Star Rating

Ofe Oha Na Egusi Recipe

Category:
Soup

Method:
Cooked

Cuisine:
Nigerian

Serves
10 people

Prep Time
15 Min

Total Time
1H 5 Min

Ingredients:
  • 120g of Oha leaves shredded with hands
  • 3 tablespoons of Powdered Egusi
  • 500g of beef, already pre-cooked
  • 7 cups of beef stock
  • ¼ cup of ground crayfish
  • 1-2 smoked fish, washed and deboned
  • 1 small bulb of onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 small wrap of iru (locust beans)
  • 1-2 cooking spoons of palm oil
  • A blend of Ata-rodo and tatashe (2-3 ata-rodo with 4 tatashes)
  • Salt to taste.
Directions:
  1. 1
    Mix your powdered Egusi with water to form a semi-thick paste. In a pan, heat up palm oil and fry your chopped onions till it’s translucent.
  2. 2
    Place your pan on medium heat then stir in your semi-thick Egusi paste continuously and thoroughly to avoid burning. Add your blend of Ata-rodo and tatashe and stir to combine. While stirring, add your beef stock, locust beans and crayfish. Allow to simmer for a few seconds, stir to combine then taste for seasoning. Adjust if necessary. N.B: The volume of beef stock used is solely dependent on preference, that is if wanted slightly watery or thick.
  3. 3
    Add your already cooked beef, smoked fish and stir into the soup. Taste for seasoning and you can adjust with salt.
  4. 4
    Add your shredded Oha leaves, stir well and allow to simmer for about 3 minutes then take off heat. 
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FAQ

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about Ora/Ofe Oha Soup

What is oha leaves in English?

Oha leaves is called “rosewood leaf” in the English Language. 

How can I use frozen oha leaves to cook?

After bringing out your frozen Oha leaves from the freezer, you don’t need to defrost. Take it out at the point of needing it, divide with your hands or knife and just add to your soup.

How can I store oha leaves for a long time?

Buy your oha leaves in bulk (whatever quantity you want), wash to remove dirts and sieve with the aid of a strainer. Make sure there’s no more water around the leaves; get your storage ziplock or plastic bags and store your leaves in there. Freeze for as long as you want, should last about 2-3 months.

Summary

Ora/Ofe Oha Soup Recipe (2 Delicious Types) - Fit Nigerian
Ora/Ofe Oha Soup Recipe (2 Delicious Types) 1

Looking for Ora/Ofe Oha Soup Recipe? 

Type: Soup

Cuisine: Nigerian

Keywords: Igbo Soup

Recipe Yield: 10 servings

Preparation Time: PT20M

Cooking Time: PT45M

Total Time: PT1H5M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Oha leaves
  • Cocoyam
  • Stockfish
  • Dry fish
  • Ogiri
  • Palm oil
  • Crayfish
  • Beef
  • Salt
  • Chilli pepper
  • Stock

Editor's Rating:
4.7

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