|Ofe Nsala “Nsala soup” served with Pounded yam|
Nsala soup also known as “Ofe Nsala” by the igbos, “Afia efere” by the Calabar people and “White soup” in English is a very popular delicacy in the eastern and southern parts of Nigeria. It’s is known as white soup because this is one of the major Nigerian soups that doesn’t require palm oil though some people add very little sometimes. It is also one of the easiest one pot soups I enjoy making.
Before making this soup, I’d prepared my mind that I was going all Traditional with the preparation starting from the mouth watering pounded yam swallow which is the perfect side dish for the Soup to the pounding of the local spices such as Ata rodo “scotch bonnet”, Mpkuru uziza seeds, Uda seeds e.t.c. After making this soup, deep within me I knew I had done something right. This was because the whole pot of soup was Used up in one night…lol! The whole Fam kept thanking me even till the next day. This soup would definitely get everyone asking for more.
Preparation of the catfish, dry fish & stock fish:
For this soup any type of meat or seafood can be used. For this, i made use of Red beef and sea foods like Stock fish, Dry Fish, White Periwinkles “Ngoloo(igbo)/ Ngongo (Crossriver) and Catfish “.
• To prepare the stock fish and dry fish, soak them both in hot water for about 5 mins till they regain moisture and soften. Remove the bones from the dry fish, Rinse the stock fish and dry fish – set aside.
• To prepare the periwinkles, Remove the eyes and gut of the periwinkles, Rinse – set aside. For this recipe, i made use of just Ngoloo which is the white periwinkles.
• To prepare the catfish, soak in Hot water till all the slime removes (View the full process Here). Rinse severally and set aside- set aside
Preparation of the pepper & onions
If you’ve got a blender, simply blend the onion and pepper together with a little water. But to do it traditionally as i did, you could simply pound the onion and pepper – set aside
Preparation of the leaves & Ogiri
For this soup, you can make use of any type of ogiri such as Ogiri egusi, Ogiri Okpei and Dawadawa. For the Igbos, Ogiri Egusi is mostly preferred because of it’s very strong Aroma but if you don’t have it, you could simply use Ogiri okpei(Igbo) or dawadawa(Hausa). For this, i used Ogiri Okpei which i Simply dissolved in a little amount in water & then set aside.
Preparation of the pounded yam
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