by Debby

Last Updated 25/11/2020

Looking for White soup recipe?

You are in the right place because this recipe post would show you how to make 2 different Nigerian white soup recipes:

  1. Ofe Nsala White Soup (Igbo version)
  2. Afia Efere White Soup (Efik version)

Let's get started right away from the first one...

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.
Video: 
Notes: 
  • Other thickeners can still be used like cocoyam paste, ground oats, mashed Irish potatoes but the gold standard thickener is Yam.
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How To Make Afia Efere White Soup

Here's how to make the Afia Efere White Soup

Afia Efere White Soup Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This recipe is a delicious Efik white soup made using standard ingredients like yam, chicken, uyayak, Ehuru, and so on.

4.7 Star Rating

Afia Efere White Soup Recipe

Category:
Soup

Method:
Cooked

Cuisine:
Nigerian

Serves
4 people

Prep Time
15 Min

Total Time
55 Min

Ingredients:
  • 8 medium pieces of chicken
  • 2-4 smoked fish
  • 2-3 slices of yam
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tablespoons of ground crayfish
  • 1 teaspoon of African nutmeg (Ehuru)
  • 1 small piece of uyayak (whole or ground)
  • 1 tablespoon of dry pepper
  • Seasoning cube to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 liters of water
Directions: 
  1. 1
    In a large pot, place your pieces of chicken, season with salt, 2 seasoning cubes and diced onions then add water to reach the level of the chicken and in medium heat, bring to a boil till it’s tender.
  2. 2
    In another pot, boil your pieces of yam and when soft, pound to give Pounded yam that serves as the thickener and set aside. You can either use a food processor or mortar and pestle for this step.
  3. 3
    In the pot containing your chicken, add your ground crayfish, dry pepper, African/calabar nutmeg and uyayak.
  4. 4
    Allow to simmer for about 3-5minutes and then taste for seasoning (adjust if necessary). Cut your Pounded yam into small balls and add to the soup to thicken the consistency.
    N.B: if it’s too thick, you can add more water.
  5. 5
    Bring to a boil and stir. Allow the yam dough/ pounded yam to dissolve completely into the soup then add your fish.
  6. 6
    Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
  7. 7
    Take off heat and serve with pounded yam.
Video: 
Notes: 
  • Other thickeners can still be used like cocoyam paste, ground oats, mashed Irish potatoes but the gold standard thickener is Yam.
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Type: Main course

Cuisine: Nigerian

Recipe Yield: 4 servings

Preparation Time: PT15M

Cooking Time: PT40M

Total Time: PT55M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Yam
  • Nutmeg
  • Crayfish
  • Chicken
  • Smoked Fish
  • Onion
  • Uyayak
  • 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

What is Afia Efere Ebot or Unen?

The name “Ebot” is chicken and “Unen” is goat meat. So,depending on the choice of protein used in preparing the native white soup, it can either be called Afia Efere Ebot or Afia Efere Unen.

What is Uyayak called in English?

Uyayak is called “Aidan pods” in English.

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