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How to Prepare a Sumptuous Ogbono Soup

Ogbono soup

Ogbono soup is a popular delicacy which has become a national dish although originating from the Ijaw tribe of Nigeria.

This sumptuous meal is made from ground ogbono seeds. Ogbono seeds are gotten from a fruit popularly called bush mango which is a delicious seasonal fruit that can be found at local markets.
The bush mango seed is usually left to dry before it is broken open and its seed extracted, the seeds are also left to dry in an open space under the sun.

It is an open secret that ijaw ogbono is usually highly sought after because of its qualities. Its draw quality is the best this means that with very little ognono seeds one can prepare a large amount of soup - its economic value is highly appreciated by cooks and so is its aroma; when next you go to the market insist on ijaw ogbono.

Ogbono seeds are highly nutritional and have been used for weight loss over the years because of the nutritional properties its seeds contain.

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There are two ways to prepare ogbono soup, we have the frying method and the regular method.
Before I teach you how to prepare this highly nutritious meal, I'd list the ingridients needed to achieve a mouth licking ogbono soup.

Ingredients needed to prepare ogbono soup:

1. Ogbono seed
2. Any protein of your choice (although beef is preferable)
3. Palm oil
3. Dried fish
5. Pepper
6. Salt
7. Seasoning cubes
8. Onions
9. Seafood (periwinkle, prawns etc)
10. Ground crayfish
11. Snail
12. Stock fish
13. Bitter leaf or Ugu leaf (although bitter leaf is preferable because of the traditional taste it brings to the meal)

Note: ingredients should be bought in accordance to the quantity of soup aimed at.
Now I'd proceed in teaching you how to make the best ogbono soup.

The frying method

1. Wash your meat thoroughly me put in a clean pot.
2. Wash and slice your onions into the pot.
3. Wash your dried fish and stock fish; also put this in the pot.
4. Add your fresh pepper (already blended), add your seasoning cubes and salt to taste.
5. Allow to boil, make sure your stock fish is tender.
6. Add your already neatly washed and deshelled snails into the pot and allow boil for a while. (It is usually advised you put your snail last because they get tender easily and you don't want it to get over soft, it is better enjoyed crunchy)
7. When your stock fish is tender (because it is usually the last to get soft) keep down your pot.
Note: You can pour your stock into a neat bowl or you use another pot for the next step.
9. Pour some palm oil into your neat dry pot and allow get hot for a while (the palm oil shouldn't get too hot else the ogbono wouldn't “draw”)
10. Put your already blended ogbono into the palm oil and start to stir.
11. Stir on low heat for about three minutes so it doesn't get burnt and then add your stock.
12. Taste for corrections to make sure your seasonings are in place, add whatever might lacking.
13. Allow to boil for 10 -15 minutes, then add your sea foods like periwinkle.
14. Allow to boil for 5 minutes, add your bitterleaf to taste.
15. Stir and bring down your pot immediately.
Non-Frying method

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Repeat process 1 - 6 above

7. When your stock fish is tender, you add palm oil to your stock and allow boil for five minutes.
8. You sprinkle your ready blended ogbono gently into the pot.
9. You stir continuously to make sure there are no lumps formed in the soup.
10. Add water to the soup to make it less thick according to your taste.
11. Taste for corrections and add whatever seasoning might be lacking.
12. Allow to boil for 10 -15 minutes.
13. Add your seafood (periwinkle or prawn)
14. Allow to boil for 5 minutes.
15. Add your bitterleaf, stir and let boil for 3 seconds.
16. Your best ogbono soup is ready for consumption.

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Ogbono soup can be eaten with any kind of swallow like garri (eba), wheat, semovita, oats swallow etc.

Ogbono soup is really a special delicacy and it is usually mixed with other mouth watering dishes like egusi soup and okro soup. Below I'd be teaching how to use ogbono in cooking dishes like okro soup and egusi soup.

How to cook Okro soup with Ogbono

In preparing okro soup you can use all the ingredients listed earlier, don't forget to include buying your okro seeds also.
You can follow the instructions below to achieve your mouth watering okro soup with ogbono.
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Cooking directions

1. Wash your meat thoroughly me put in a clean pot.
2. Wash and slice your onions into the pot.
3. Wash your dried fish and stock fish; also put this in the pot.
4. Add your fresh pepper (already blended), add your seasoning cubes and salt to taste.
5. Allow to boil, make sure your stock fish is tender.
6. Add your already neatly washed and deshelled snails into the pot and allow boil for a while. (It is usually advised you put your snail last because they get tender easily and you don't want it to get over soft, it is better enjoyed crunchy)
7. Check to make sure your stock fish is tender (this is very important)
8. Add your palm oil to the stock and allow boil for 10 minutes.
9. Add some water to the pot and let boil for 10 minutes.
10. Add your properly cut or grated okro to the soup and let boil for 5 minutes.
11. Add your blended ogbono and then stir (the ogbono is used to add to the “draw” of the soup)
12. Let the soup sit for 5 more minutes, stir and taste for corrections. Add whateverseasoning that might be lacking.
13. Add your seafood, allow sit for 3 minutes.
14. Add your vegetable (either ugu or bitterleaf).
15. Stir your soup and bring down your pot.

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Your delicious okro and ogbono soup is ready.

Ogbono can also be prepared with egusi soup, this is a highly nutritious combo which is favored by a lot of people.

Have you ever had ogbono soup? How did you eat yours, plainly, with okro soup or with egusi soup?

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