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18 Steps to cook ogbono soup with Ingredients

In this post, I will show you how to cook ogbono soup using okra and egusi. Ogbono Soup commonly known as Draw Soup, prepared with grinded ogbono seeds with servers a thickener.

It has a slimy texture so i enjoy it most with fufu, it makes the fufu easily slide down the throat because of its slimy nature If your kids do not like Okra Soup because of the chunks of Okra, then try Ogbono Soup, they will surely love it.

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There are different method people enjoy this delicacy; some prefer it without vegetables, while some prefer with vegetables. Some will go even go long way by adding okra or even egusi to it.

18 Steps to cook ogbono soup with Ingredients
A Plate of Ogbono Soup – Photo Credit: www.eatingnigerian.com

In this post we will explain the following topics:

  • how to cook ogbono soup with okra
  • how to cook ogbono soup video
  • ogbono soup without palm oil
  • how to cook ogbono soup with egusi
  • ogbono soup nutritional value
  • ogbono in english
  • ogbono seeds
  • ingredient and how to cook ogbono soup

There are some reasons why ogbono soup doesn’t draw. I used to victim of buying the wrong ogbono seed. Most seed they sell at a very low price in the market may not be the actual seed so be careful not a fall a victim of buying bad seeds or better still you can do a “draw test”.

Draw test is allowed in Nigeria open markets, how is it done? Get a seed and break it into two then rub both ends against each other, if there is a slightest draw. Another reason is buying packaged grinded ogbono. This could be seen both In Nigeria market and outside Nigeria.

Do you know once ogbono is grinded and left for a long time, it loses its potency to draw. The exact time it loses its potency depends on how dry the ogbono was before grinding and how it is being packaged.

Here is a simple recipe for preparing Ogbono soup. Another reason is you fried your ogbono soup just before adding the meat/fish stock. Ogbono is not supposed to be fried in hot oil but just dissolved. The more it is fried, it more it loses its drawing potency

You may also be wondering why your ogbono soup always tastes bald even after cooking. The secret is that the ogbono want cooked properly. Ogbono should be cooked from 20mins-30mins. That is when you taste starts coming out; another reason could be maybe the ogbono seeds have gone moudly which may have a slight bitter taste

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Ingredients and how to cook ogbono soup

  • 2 handfuls of  Ogbono Seeds
  • Beef, Shaki (cow tripe),
  • Vegetable: Frozen Spinach (you can also use Pumpkin leaves or even Bitterleaf)
  • 1 medium onion
  • Dry Fish, Stockfish
  • 3 cooking spoons of red palm oil
  • 1 handful of crayfish
  • Pepper and Salt (To taste)
  • 2 stock cubes (Maggi/Knorr)

Directions and Steps on how to cook ogbono soup

Step 1: The first step is grinding the ogbono seeds

Step 2:  Grind the Ogbono with a dry mill.

Step 3:  Cut the frozen spinach when it is not completely defrosted. It is easier that way. Then when completely defrosted, squeeze out the excess water.

Step 4:  Boil the assorted meat with the stock cubes and onion. Shaki should be cooked first then when almost done, you can add any other beef

Step 5:  Grind the crayfish and pepper.

Step 6:  Boil some water and set aside.

Step 7:  Pour the palmoil into a dry pot then set on stove to heat until oil melt, do not allow the oil to heat up

Step 8:  Once it is melted,  remove pot from heat and add the grinded ogbono

Step 9:  Stir the mixture , using your spoon to dissolve the ogbono in the oil

Step 10:  When the oil and ogbono has blended properly , add the meat/fish stock (water from cooking them)

Step 11:  Place pot back on heat but on low heat and start stirring. At this point, you will observe the ogbono starts to thicken and draw

Step 12:  Keep  stirring until ogbono has completely blended with the meat stock

Step 13:  Add the hot water but in little quantity , stir until ogbobno has completely absorbed the water. Keep doing this until you get a good consistency

Step 14:  Cover pot and start cooking, make sure heat is remains low, stir from time to time, scrapping out ogbono that sticks to the base of the pot

Step 15:  After 20minutes of cooking , you will start to perceive the aroma of the ogbono that means the ogbono should be well cooked

Step 16:  Then add the assorted meat and fish , the grinded crayfish, pepper and salt to taste. Add some water if the consistency is thick after adding all this. Stir and cover pot to continue cooking

Step 17:  When its well heated, add the vegetables whether spinach, pumpkin or bitter leaves and heat up, stir and remove from heat

Step 18:  If you prefer your ogbono without vegetables ,just the previous step then remove from heat .

Serve with fufu or eba

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  • The soup should be cooked on a low heat to prevent burning because of its sticky nature
  • Please do not add the crayfish or any other ingredients while cooking the ogbono. This speeds up the burning process. At times we fall into the hands of market women who urge us to grind the ogbono seeds with crayfish to make sure all the seeds are out. Well if you decide to do it , the last drop of seed grinded with the crayfish should be put in a different pack
  • Non stick pots are not good for making ogbono soup. Aluminum and stainless steel pots are the best for this


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