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Owoh Soup

Owoh soup is one of the most cherished soups of the Itsekiris, Isokohs and Urhobos of Delta state. It is mostly cooked during festive seasons…especially when giving out a daughter’s hand in marriage. A marriage ceremony without this soup is questionable. This is the soup most guests look forward to as most modern homes hardly cook it.

I can boldly tell you that more than 70% of the ladies from the tribes mentioned above shy away from preparing this soup. 😀 It can make or break you as a correct delta cook but I am here to make it easy for you 😉

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Now let’s cook!

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Cook your meat with just salt and seasoning cubes. No onion, curry, thyme etc pleeeeeeease. Doing this will spoil your soup. Stick to just salt and seasoning cubes.

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In a clean pot, pour about 1.5 litres of water. Set the pot over heat and sieve 3 handfuls of yellow garri (only yellow garri please) into the pot while stirring with a wooden spatula.

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Stir until it is boiling and looks silky. You can add a little table salt and seasoning cubes.

4
Now add the cooked meat and stock to the pot containing the silky garri mix. Some dried pepper, crayfish and urheri. Leave to cook for a few minutes. See what Urheri looks like here. Make sure to flatten the urheri with something heavy (kitchen mallet, pestle, grinding stone etc.) then take out the seeds and rinse them before using.

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Pour the periwinkles into the pot if using. The Itekiris love their periwinkles but the Isokohs/Urhobos like theirs plain.

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Some dried fish, blend in, turn down the heat and allow to boil.

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While the soup is left boiling, pound some native salt into powder. We will use about a teaspoon. Click to see The Difference between Akaun and White Native Salt.

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In a clean bowl, pour in the teaspoon of native salt.2 handful of starch and 2 cooking spoons of native palm oil. I used the very thick part at the bottom of my oil gallon as I could not find the Urhobo native palm oil. The Urhobo native palm oil takes this soup to another level. The colour is sharper and yum. :-). Add a cup of warm water and blend it all together until it flows freely.

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Now pour the mixture into the boiling pot and stir quickly with the wooden spatula. Stop pouring the mixture once it gets to your desired thickness. If you made it too thick, add some warm water to loosen it up. Adjust salt and seasoning to taste.

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Ahhhhhh! Babes oya make una come fan me with fan. Clean my sweat with handkerchief too. 🙂 I don save una o! 🙂 If your hubby or boo praises you, use style style come and praise me too o! 😀 Allow to blend in nicely over flame for a few more minutes and your soup is ready. Turn off the heat, let it rest or a while, stir once more and serve

owoh dp Owoh Soup

STARCH Starch

Serve with starch, boiled unripe plantain or yam.

Kai! Yellow + Yellow = LG (Life’s Good) 😀

NB:
* The Urhobo/Itsekiri/Isokoh owoh soup is yellow in colour not red.
* The oil blends in nicely. It does not have oil floating around it.
* It looks creamy.
* Too much crayfish darkens the soup.
* Never cover the pot while cooking.

Enjoy!

Here is a handy printable.

Owoh Soup
Serves 4
A Niger-delta delicacy, peculiar to the Itsekiris, Isokohs and Urhobos of Delta state, Nigeria.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. Beef
  2. Ponmo
  3. Smoked Fish
  4. 1 cup periwinkles (optional)
  5. 2 Urheri
  6. 1 teaspoon of crayfish (using too much crayfish will make your soup brown)
  7. 2 cooking spoons of Urhobo native oil (or use the thick oil at the bottom of your gallon)
  8. 3-4 handful of yellow garri (sieved)
  9. 2 handful of starch
  10. Native salt
  11. Salt
  12. Seasoning cubes
Instructions
  1. 1. Pre-cook your beef and ponmo with salt and seasoning cubes.
  2. 2. In a clean pot, add 1.5 litres of water, the garri and stir over flame until it is thick and silky. Then add a pinch of salt and some seasoning cubes and bring to boil.
  3. 3. Add the cooked meat. Some dried pepper, crayfish and urheri then cook some more.
  4. 4. Follow up with the periwinkles (if using) and smoked fish. Allow to boil.
  5. 5. In a mortar, pound some native salt into powdered form. Using only a teaspoon's worth, pour it into a clean bowl, adding 2 handful of starch, 2 cooking spoons of palm oil and a cup of water. Mix all together until it flows freely.
  6. 6. Pour the mixture into the cooking pot and blend in with a wooden spatula until you get your desired consistency. You can thin it with warm water if it is too thick. Allow to cook some more and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. * The Urhobo/Itsekiri/Isokoh owoh soup is yellow in colour not red.
  2. * The oil blends in nicely. It does not have oil floating around it.
  3. * It looks creamy.
  4. * Too much crayfish darkens the soup.
  5. * Never cover the pot while cooking.
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33 thoughts on “Owoh Soup”

  1. OMG!!!!Matse!!!!*jumping in excitement*im sooooooooooo happy I found dis site!i will try dis ryt away tomorw!!tot of calling u sef to post banga rice..lol.. but im super glad for dis one!dis soup has disgraced me a lot of tyms.i go disgrace am tomorw.lol.tnx a bunch dear!!!

  2. Matse may the God off Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you.
    i have been a silent observer on this blog but i am forced to come out and say THANK YOU. You don’t know what you have done for me o, you don’t know.
    i have combed the net searching for owoh soup but what i keep seeing is amiedi (banga) soup. It seems ladies are really scared of cooking this soup. The few owoh i saw was a far cry from the delta owoh.

    Thank you o.

  3. Hallos Matse, I finally gathered enough liver to cook my very own owoh soup!! hehe! thanks to a printed copy of the recipe from your blog and additional guide from Momsi lol! and if i can say so myself it turned out very well *big grin*. I used to give this soup a very wide berth, only Momsi could cook it while we were growing up, even when i called her to say i wanted to cook it she was like haa you want to cook owoh soup?? and burst out laughing but today yours truly can beat her chest to say she can cook owoh soup!

    1. Awwww so happy for you Kite. I am glad it turned out well for you. To cook Owoh too dey make babes fear but you don join the league of Owoh soup cookers now o! 😀 Congratulations love.

  4. Matse, THANK YOU! Honestly cant wait to try this soup. So really, we need to be friends oh! Im following you closely now. God bless and increase you for sharing.

  5. I don’t know this soup but it looks really yummy and I told my husband I will make him something he has not eaten before. And I pray I get it cos from the comments everyone agreed it is difficult to cook. Pls matse, wish me luck. Am heading to the market.

  6. Hi please what does this urheri look like I have been trying to buy but people don’t seem to understand

  7. Hi Matse. Thanks ally for this recipe! As a blogger I have been wanting to blog about it, but never truly got the right variation. After reading your blog, I was able to use all the tips and even added a little kick of my own. Thanks a lot and God bless you.

  8. Hi Matse. Thanks a lot for this recipe! As a blogger I have been wanting to blog about it, but never truly got the right variation. After reading your blog, I was able to use all the tips and even added a little kick of my own. Thanks a lot and God bless you.

  9. Hi Matse. Thanks a lot for this recipe! As a blogger I have been wanting to blog about it, but never truly got the right variation. After reading your blog, I was able to use all the tips and even added a little kick of my own. Thanks a lot and God bless you!!! Will give you a shout out on my blog. X

  10. I read a persons direction to cook this soup, it was so horrible I knew that was not how to cook the soup. You did it so wonderful thanks.

  11. Matse na u biko if u see as I use ur method finish work for this soup head eh na once he behave, every time I dey cook am comma must dey but yesterday come c licking finger hahaha, tnk u ooo

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