easy to make. Just picture yourself making pepper soup with a few more
additional ingredients added to it…Sounds easy doesn’t it. There are
different versions of white soup such as Afia Efere (the Efik version)
and Ofe Nsala (the igbo version).
The thing is, they’re both the same but slightly different in taste due
to the spices used in the preparation. This is one of the reasons why i
love Nigerian dishes. Once you know what to add and subtract, switching
up the recipe and coming up with something new becomes a home run. You
could use chicken, beef or fish for this but for optimum flavor, i’d
recommend using goat meat.
• Prep Time: 15 minutes
• Cook time: Less than 1 hour
• Category: Nigerian soups
Uyayak is the major seasoning for this soup. To prepare it in order to
get maximum flavor, make sure to roast the Uyayak pod before use. You
could roast over fire or in the oven for a few minutes. Also you may add
the Uyayak as the meat starts to boil, so that it cooks with the meat
for a great flavor. Once done, break the Uyayak pod into two parts. Set
one part aside (We’d add this later into the soup) and grind the other
part into fine powder. Pour the ground powder into some water and stir.
Pour the mix through a fine mesh sieve and set aside.
the yam, pound in a mortar and set aside. Rinse and place the chicken
into a medium sized pot. Add the dry pepper, salt to taste and the
seasoning cubes (crushed). Turn on the burner and steam for about 10
minutes. This allows the meat cook in its own juices which would come
out of it once it starts to cook. Once the stock starts to dry up, pour
some water to the level of the meat and taste if the seasoning is okay.
Leave to cook further for about 10 minutes more.
the meat is tender, pour in the sieved liquid from the Uyayak pod into
the meat stock in the pot and drop the other half into the pot. Add in
the dry fish and the pounded yam – stir to combine, add the ground
crayfish then cover and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Once the soup
thickens to your desire, stir turn off the burner and set aside