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Personalizing Your Efo-Riro  

Vegetable soup is one of my favourite things in the world. It just seems right to make my first food post about it. I love it, the taste, making it and of course the nutritional benefits. There are different ways to prepare it in Nigeria. However, I will be talking about efo riro.

Sliced pumpkin leaves

Typically the basic ingredients for making efo riro are pumpkin leaves, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, palm oil, locust beans and the type of animal protein you want.

Washed tomatoes, scotch bonnet peppers, carrots and onions.

To personalize mine, I added carrots, spiced with ginger and garlic and didn’t add locust beans (mainly because I forgot to buy in the market.🙈).

Ingredients Used

  • Pumpkin leaves (Ugu or Efo)
  • Tomatoes
  • Scotch bonnet peppers
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Dried and ground ginger
  • Dried and ground garlic
  • Beef
  • Ponmo
  • Stockfish
  • Ground Crayfish
  • Salt
  • Palm oil
Washed and seasoned beef and ponmo.

I washed and seasoned the beef and ponmo for one hour with salt, pepper, ginger and garlic. Then I boiled for about fifteen minutes before adding the stockfish. While it was boiling, I added the blended tomatoes and bell peppers, and the diced onions and carrots.


After ten minutes, I added palm oil and allowed it to boil for seven minutes. Then I added the washed and sliced pumpkin leaves and allowed it to steam for four minutes before taking it down. Notice, I said “steam” not boil after adding the leaves. Which I did to preserve as many nutrients as I could.

Ready and served!



I'm OnyinyeOlufunmi, a visual artist, writer and psychologist from Lagos, Nigeria.

6 thoughts on “Personalizing Your Efo-Riro  

  1. Thumbs up OnyinyeOlufunmi,

    As always, you’ve once again proven to be a real African woman, I want to be like you.

    To the Efo Riro, I’m curious as to how the carrots will taste in the soup. I won’t mind tasting your Efo Riro someday tho.
    By the way, don’t forget to buy your Iru in the market next time (*smiles).

    I love your ‘Africanness’!
    Keep it up.

    – Emmanuel Afolabi


      1. I love efo riro and this post is one of a kind, helping me to up grade my cooking skills.well done.olufummi


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