Ogbono Soup – Here is my simple recipe for making Ogbono stew which is often referred to as obe apon in the Yoruba speaking area of Nigeria.
I remember while growing up, (primary school days) my friends used to tell me a lot about how delicious Ogbono stew was, they get all excited when they talk about it but when it comes to my turn I’ld dully give my reply “I’ve never eaten this before”. This made me think I was missing something from home but for some reasons I did not bother asking my mum what Ogbono was all about until I grew up and I realized that the ‘Ogbono rave’ was all about what we call ‘Obe Apon’ in my home which my mum sure do make for us but by the time I realized this, my friends and I were already grown up and no longer together….Anyways I will be sharing this recipe with you today just the way my Mum made it but just that my own is quite thicker than my Mums’ and I like it that way but you can use Water or stock to thin it out to your taste.
- 1/2 Cup blended Ogbono or wild mango seed
- 2 Cups stock Beef or Chicken
- Meat or Fish of choice
- Stock Fish a handful
- Salt to taste
- stock cube
- 1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper
- 3 Tablespoons Crayfish
- spinach or ugwu, Basil....
- Start boiling your Meat or simply bring your stock to a boil then add the stock Fish, cayenne pepper, Crayfish, and some Salt and stock cube if necessary.
- Now add couple of spoons of the boiling stock to the blended Ogbono and mix it thoroughly until it is smooth and lump free then add the mixture to the remaining boiling stock and mix together and leave to come to a rapid boil for about 5 minutes stirring at intervals in order to prevent burning and at this point you can add more Water or stock depending on how thick or light you want your stew to be.
- Now turn down the heat then add the spinach or leafy greens of your choice and leave to cook for additional 2 to 3 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite swallow like Eba, Amala, Pounded Yam and the likes. ENJOY!