Ofe Nsala (White Soup)
Nsala soup, also called white soup is a delicious soup in Igbo land. It is the only soup made without palm oil, so it tends to look like a slightly thick pepper soup. Very easy to make, healthy and tasty, I can’t think of any reason you shouldn’t try this.
Ironically, despite being from the South Eastern part of Nigeria, my first time tasting this soup was during my service year. My friend told me she discovered a restaurant that makes the best white soup, so we landed there the next week, straight from CDS, all dressed in our khaki. Suffice to say, I have been hooked since then.
You can use fresh catfish, it is very perfect for white soup, but I don’t like catfish, so I decided to use goat meat and assorted meat.
-Assorted cow meat
-Ehuru (African nutmeg)
-Yam or yam powder
-Ogiri (Optional, I didn’t use in mine)
Start by peeling and boiling the yam, then you go ahead to pound in a mortar. The yam serves as thickener. DON’T SALT THE YAM BEFORE BOILING.
Do well to roast your ehuru. You can put in a frying pan and roast.
After that, grind or pound your uziza seed, uda and ehuru together. Be careful with the uziza seed as it is spicy. If you have pepper soup spice, you can use it. You can also find how to make your pepper soup spice HERE.
Set all of them aside…
NOW TO THE COOKING
STEP 1: Put all your meat and dry fish into a pot, season them properly and allow it to cook till it is tender. The tougher ones should go first and the softer ones last, so they don’t scatter.
STEP 2: When they are all properly cooked, add water to the pot. This should depend on the quantity of soup you want to make and most importantly, the quantity of your thickener.
STEP 3: Allow the pot to boil for some more minutes, then you go ahead to add your fresh pepper, crayfish and local spices. Please the local spices should be added first, check for the spiciness before adding fresh pepper.
STEP 4: Allow to boil for some minutes, then you add your pounded yam.
STEP 5: After some minutes, your pounded yam should have dissolved.
Go ahead and add your uziza and utazi leaves sparingly. Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Soup is ready.
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