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Oha Soup Recipe

Oha soup is a soup enjoyed by the Igbo people of Nigeria. One of the things I love about the soup is that it is an actual meal on its own. You can eat alone or with eba (garri), wheat meal and the likes. It is also highly nutritious.


  • Cocoyam
  • Oha leaves
  • Utazi leaves
  • Ogiri
  • Onions
  • Red scotch bonnet peppers (or yellow)
  • Palm oil (From Ajimi)
  • Dry catfish
  • Beef


Boil the cocoyam, remove the skin and pound to a paste. Some people add the palm oil while pounding but I prefer to add it while cooking.

Shred the dried catfish and boil with the beef. Season with salt, ogiri, onions and scotch bonnet peppers.

Add the cocoyam paste and allow to dissolve. Let it boil for 15 minutes.

Wash and slice the utazi leaves and add, then wash and slice the oha leaves and add right after. Allow to steam together and the soup is ready.


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

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