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How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by pocohantas(f): 6:20pm On Jul 04, 2020
Oha soup known as ofe oha is a soup native to the Eastern people of Nigeria.

I once saw someone post a poison as oha soup, please that is not our oha, lol. Another sister complained the leaves were hard, fresh oha leaves are not hard.

— Oha is traditionally thickened with cocoyam(a), but you can use ofo or achi(b).

— Where I come from, the base is palm fruit extract (a), but you can also use palm oil(b).

So, for the purpose of variety/convenience/availability in cooking, wherever you see (a), feel free to substitute with (b).

A quick guide to knowing your fresh oha, they look limp.

So, I will advise Pic 1, never Pic 2.

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by pocohantas(f): 6:20pm On Jul 04, 2020
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
-Beef/cow leg (you can use any protein your diet accepts)
-Half cup of fresh and fleshy palm fruit (you can use 1 cup if you are cooking a larger quantity)
-Bunch of oha leaves
-4-5 medium sized cocoyams. If they are small, use more.
-Stock fish. I suggest the head FIRST, in addition to other fleshier parts
-Dry fish
-Ground crayfish/prawn
-Ogiri Igbo (optional)
-Yellow scotch bonnet (depending on the intensity you want)
-Uziza (the seeds can serve too)
-Stock cubes (I like maggi crayfish for this)
-Salt to taste

Pick your oha and uziza leaves. There is this oldwives tale that oha shouldn’t be cut with knives, else it will turn out bitter. This is a myth. However, oha is better shredded.

Pic1: Cocoyam (1), palm fruit (2), ogiri igbo (3), uziza (4), oha leaf (5)
Pic2: Maggi crayfish. The only “Maggi” I use
Pic3: Stock fish, dry catfish and yellow pepper
Pic4: Frozen meat (beef and cow leg). The cow leg has been cooked previously.

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by pocohantas(f): 6:21pm On Jul 04, 2020
TO THE COOKING;

STEP 1; Wash and boil your palm fruit. When it is done, extract the juice and set aside.

STEP 2; Soak your stockfish and dry fish in hot water. Wash them, as well as your meat. Put in a pot (without the dry fish) and season them for cooking. If you are using a cow leg/head, you might wanna cook in a pressure pot first.

STEP3; While (2) is cooking, boil your cocoyam and please, DO NOT PUT SALT! Once it is soft, take off the skin and pound in a mortar till it smooth or dice it into a blender, put a little warm water in it and blend, it should be semi-thick.

Blend your pepper and crayfish too.

STEP 4; The meat is done, put in your dry fish, pepper and crayfish blend and allow it to cook for a few minutes. After this, pour in your PALM FRUIT EXTRACT and allow to boil.

— If you are using palm oil, increase the water (if you don’t have enough stock) and put in your palm oil. Leave to boil, till the oil completely mixes with the water. Water and oil doesn’t mix, no be for here. They must mix- reasonably well, lol.

Pic1: Palm fruit extract
Pic2: Meat after pouring in palm fruit extract. Feel free to add water if it is not up to your desired quantity.

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by pocohantas(f): 6:21pm On Jul 04, 2020
STEP 5; When (4) is well boiled, put in your cocoyam paste, a little at a time. Watch it dissolve and check to achieve your desired thickness. REDUCE heat to medium.

— If you are using achi, this is the time to put it. To avoid creating lumps, mix your achi in warm water and pour into the pot.

STEP 6; Allow it boil lightly, then you add your ogiri and cover again.

STEP 7; Your broth should be boiling well now, stir and check for seasoning again. If it is okay, put in your WASHED uziza and oha leaves, stir and leave to boil for a minute.

— It is still oha soup, your uziza should NEVER be at par with your oha. Few uziza leaves is fine.

Turn off your burner and allow to simmer with residual heat.

Pic1: Cocoyam (before and after)
Pic2: Adding the paste into the boiling stock. Please don’t add too much, it thickens when the soup cools.
Pic3: The cocoyam has dissolved.

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by pocohantas(f): 6:22pm On Jul 04, 2020
Serve with your favourite swallow.

@Dominique, I hope this helps cheesy. You can ask questions on any step that isn’t clear.

The second pic was when I cooked with achi as the thickener. I think the difference is quite clear.

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by Twoclans(f): 6:43pm On Jul 04, 2020
Oha is my best soup anyday anytime .

Poco I noticed you did not use ogili for your oha soup.Anambra people will likely always make oha soup with Ogili and Ede(cocoyam) cheesy cheesy

When you introduce the ogili into the soup the whole area will scatter. cheesy cheesy cheesy

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by pocohantas(f): 6:49pm On Jul 04, 2020
Twoclans:
Oha is my best soup anyday anytime .

Poco I noticed you did not use ogili for your oha soup.Anambra people will likely always make oha soup with Ogili and Ede(cocoyam) cheesy cheesy

When you introduce the ogili into the soup the whole area will scatter. cheesy cheesy cheesy

Check again, ogiri is there in my ingredients and was added in my step 6. My head didn’t scatter though, at least na me still type the thread.

Ogiri has to be one overrated shii or maybe it is an acquired taste. grin

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by Liposure: 6:51pm On Jul 04, 2020
Twoclans:
Oha is my best soup anyday anytime .

Poco I noticed you did not use ogili for your oha soup.Anambra people will likely always make oha soup with Ogili and Ede(cocoyam) cheesy cheesy

When you introduce the ogili into the soup the whole area will scatter. cheesy cheesy cheesy
i'm not alone. Very nice. I eat it like everyday

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by pocohantas(f): 7:00pm On Jul 04, 2020
Liposure:
i'm not alone. Very nice. I eat it like everyday

I get bored with it. I never more than a liter bowl at a time.
Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by Twoclans(f): 7:07pm On Jul 04, 2020
pocohantas:


Check again, ogiri is there in my ingredients and was added in my step 6. My head didn’t scatter though, at least na me still type the thread.

Ogiri has to be one overrated shii or maybe it is an acquired taste. grin

Ogiri is spiritual cheesy cheesy cheesy

Ohhh I apologise I did not see were you mentioned it my eyes must have skipped it.

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by Twoclans(f): 7:10pm On Jul 04, 2020
Liposure:
i'm not alone. Very nice. I eat it like everyday

I dont ever get tired of oha soup.

Legend had it that I could sell my most priced possession for a pot of oha soup. grin grin grin

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by pocohantas(f): 7:28pm On Jul 04, 2020
Twoclans:


Ogiri is spiritual cheesy cheesy cheesy

Ohhh I apologise I did not see were you mentioned it my eyes must have skipped it.


It is okay. Now it adds up, I am so not spiritual.
grin grin

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by DelTel(m): 7:48pm On Jul 04, 2020
I often tell my friends the name is too simple for such a great delicacy grin (a particular soup has a long name but I don't fancy it as I expected so much from it because of the name undecided).

It is my best soup after rivers native soup.

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by FloraEC(f): 6:34am On Jul 05, 2020
pocohantas:


Check again, ogiri is there in my ingredients and was added in my step 6. My head didn’t scatter though, at least na me still type the thread.

Ogiri has to be one overrated shii or maybe it is an acquired taste. grin

Maybe you didn't buy original ogiri. Ogiri is spiritual, the smell is ahhh dunno how to describe it, the taste nkọ inside ọha soup tongue tongue hulala. I even taste mine before adding to the soup grin. I don't buy the already wrapped ogiri, I go for the one they measure aka nke nkonye tongue
When yellow pepper and enough crayfish is added. Ụka agbasa (church dismissed)

Oha soup without akwụ, ede and ogiri is not ọha. Achị, grounded cocoyam, quaker oat should not serve as thickener ooo
I prefer ọha to onugbu

*drops mic*

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by J111333(m): 8:23am On Jul 05, 2020
pocohantas:


The second pic was when I cooked with achi as the thickener. I think the difference is quite clear.
Chai ofe oha, na your eye be this after a very very long time.

I will not cry.

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by allen113: 11:45am On Jul 05, 2020
ok

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by QuickStandard: 11:45am On Jul 05, 2020
wink
Whoa!! I love the images I see.

I'm a lover of swallow.

Let me invite my wife to come and learn shocked

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by omooba969(m): 11:46am On Jul 05, 2020
I don't like the soup coz the leaf is hard, I expect it to be soft and gentle on the tongue.
Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by PureGoldh(m): 11:46am On Jul 05, 2020
Chaiiii....@Op na better wife material you be oooh.

Ife di mma rie m ego tongue

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by Nezzjnr: 11:46am On Jul 05, 2020
Pocohantas when will you make a thread about Ukwa

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by okomile(f): 11:46am On Jul 05, 2020
OP
I love to eat and will pay for it

Can u make for me?
If yes, DM pls

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by CAPSLOCKED: 11:47am On Jul 05, 2020
NO BE BY PICTURES AND INGREDIENTS, NA HOW E GO TASTE BE KOKO.

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by BabyApple(m): 11:47am On Jul 05, 2020
ofe madu
Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by Mineisgrace(f): 11:47am On Jul 05, 2020
Nice one poco
Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by StTrump: 11:48am On Jul 05, 2020
angry
Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by fergie001: 11:48am On Jul 05, 2020
PureGoldh:
Chaiiii....@Op na better wife material you be oooh.

Ife di mma rie m ego tongue
You be Owerri man? grin

My mum's best soup.....the woman can fit eat am.everyday.
As a child, we were used to calling it "flower soup". sad

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Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by airminem(f): 11:49am On Jul 05, 2020
Okay then. People go talk rubbish anyway o.
Re: How To Make Ofe Oha (oha Soup) by OBku4(m): 11:49am On Jul 05, 2020
Chaiii!!!!

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