This is a delicious Nigerian delicacy made with a special vegetable bitterleaf.
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 40minutes
250gBitter leaf vegetableCheck recipe notes
3Uziza leaves(Finely chopped)
1-1/2TbspMkpuru ofo powder
2TbspCameroon pepper ( reduce quantity if you don't like heat
2TbspOgiri ( or 2 wraps)
200gPalm nut paste (Or 1-1/2 cup palm oil)
1/4CupCoarsely ground crayfish
Put about 8 cups of water in a pot. Add salt and bring to s slow boil. then add the ground crayfish and ground Cameroon pepper.
Add the precooked meats, Turn down the heat to low. ( Don't cook meats for too long remember they are already precooked)
Add in the palm paste or palm oil and stir.
Mix Ogiri with a little water and add to the pot. Then take a cooking spoon of hot liquid from the pot to dissolve the mkpuru ofo powder. Pour the dissolved mixture into the soup and stir. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
As the soup thickens, add onugbu leaves followed by the uziza leaves.
Stir in properly, Allow simmer for about a minute. Turn off heat. Do not cover pot immediately
Enjoy with any African swallow food of choice
To process the bitter leaf:Wash the bitterleaf thoroughly with lots of water to remove sand and other particles. Boil in large pot for 30 mins. with about 3 times the size of the leaves. Leave the pot open while cooking otherwise it would bubble over.Turn off heat, pour the bitter leaf into a sieve and run it over with cold water. Rinse a few times.Transfer back to pot SS a lot of water and some 1/2 a tsp of potash or baking soda. Bring to boil again and allow to boil for another 30mins. Turn off hear and pear process above.Store or use immediately.To save time, i process the bitter leaf veggies in bulk and ahead of time. So not easy that the recipe above reflects that. If your prepare the vegetables the same day you are cooking the soup, then the prep and cook time would be longer.