Easy ways to prepare Ogbono Soup or Draw Soup

Easy ways to prepare Ogbono Soup or Draw Soup


Easy ways to prepare Ogbono Soup or Draw Soup

PREP: 5 Minutes

COOK: 20 Minutes

SERVES: 4 Minutes


Easy ways to prepare Ogbono Soup or Draw Soup

  • Assorted meats and fish: Beef, Shaki, Dry fish Stock fish.
  • Ogbono seeds: 2 Handful.
  • Palm oil: 3 cooking spoons.
  • Vegetable: Frozen spinach (You can also use pumpkin leaves or even bitter leaf).
  • Crayfish: 1 Handful
  • Pepper and Salt – To taste
  • 1 medium size Onion
  • 2 Stock cubes (Knorr)


Easy ways to prepare Ogbono Soup or Draw Soup

Preparation Direction for Ogbono soup or Draw soup

  • Grind the Ogbono with a Dry mill.
  • Cut the frozen Spinach when it is not completely defrosted. It is easier that way. Then when completely defrosted , squeeze out the excess water.
  • Cook the assorted meat with the stock cubes and onion. If you will use Shaki, remember to start cooking that first, then add beef when almost done.
  • Grind Crayfish and pepper.
  • Boil some water and set Aside.

Cooking Directions for Ogbono soup or Draw soup

  1. Pour the palm oil into a clean dry stainless steel or aluminum pot. Set on the stove and melt the oil at low heat. Remember, only melt the oil, do not allow it to heat up.
  2. Once melted, turn off the heat and add the ground Ogbono.
  3. Use your cooking spoon to dissolve the Ogbono in the oil.
  4. When all the Ogbono powder has completely mixed with the oil, add the meat/fish stock water (water from cooking the assorted meat and fish). Set the heat of your cooker to low and start stirring. You will notice that the Ogbono starts to thicken and draw.
  5. Keep stirring till the Ogbono has completely absorbed the meat stock.
  6. Add a small quantity of hot water and stir till the Ogbono has absorbed all the water.
  7. Make sure that your heat is set to low, cover the pot and start cooking. Once it starts to cook, stir every 2 – 3 minutes for 20 Minutes. So What you will do is: Every 3 Minutes or so, open the pot, stir everywhere, Scraping the Ogbono that sticks to the base of the pot, cover the pot and cook for another 3 Minutes.
  8. After 20 Minutes, the ogbono should be well cooked and you will begin to perceive it’s nice flavor and aroma.
  9. Add the assorted meat and fish, ground crayfish, salt and pepper to taste. The Ogbono may have become thicker from the cooking. If so, add a little more water and stir very well. Cover and cook till the contents of the pot is well heated u.
  10. If you prefer your Ogbono soup without vegetables, turn off the heat and serve but if you like to add vegetable then let’s continue.
  11. When the contents of the pot have heated up, add the vegetables (frozen spinach can be used). Stir very well, cover the pot and turn off the heat. Leave to stand for about 5 Minutes and serve.

Then your Ogbono soup also known as Draw soup is ready to be served and eaten. You can eat with Eba (Garri), Semolina, Semovita, Wheat, Amala, Akpu/fufu and pounded Yam.


Easy ways to prepare Ogbono Soup or Draw Soup

Ogbono soup also known as Draw soup makes eating Fufu recipes so easy because of it’s slimy nature which helps the lumps of fufu slide down. If your kids do not like okra soup because of the chunks of okra, then try Ogbono soup, they will surely love it. People like their Ogbono soup plain, with no added vegetables, while others would not eat it when there is no added vegetables. A third set of people love their Ogbono soup when Okra is been added. Some individuals also go fancy and add Egusi to it.

Frequently Asked Questions And Answers

Is ogbono soup Yoruba or Igbo?

It goes by various indigenous names in Nigeria. In the Igbo speaking region it is called ‘ogbono/ugiri’ depending on the variety of Igbo. In Nupe, it is called ‘pekpeara’, ‘ogwi’ in Bini, ‘uyo’ in Efik, and ‘oro’ in Yoruba. The ground ogbono seeds are used as a thickener, and give the soup a black coloration.

Which state in Nigeria is ogbono soup from?

Ogbono soup originates from the south-eastern part of Nigeria where the Igbos come from. It is prepared with ground ogbono seeds, which grow on trees in the south-eastern part of Nigeria. Ogbono seeds are sold in the market. They are finely ground to a powder before they can be cooked.

Can a diabetic patient eat ogbono soup?

Ogbono Soup, multiple studies have shown that ogbono seed (Irvingia gabonensis) is helpful in reducing blood glucose levels and reducing the risk of diabetes. Ogbono seeds help in the regulation of insulin levels and blood sugar levels, which in turn lowers the risk of diabetes.

Why do Asaba people forbid Ogbono soup?

It is a taboo for Asaba natives to eat ogbono soup because our mother goddess, Onishe uses it for spiritual purification which in local parlance is known as ife-ahu.” At the mouth of the River Niger is the sacred abode of the deity, Onishe, the spiritual mother who holds the destiny of Asaba people.

How much is 50kg of ogbono in Nigeria?

A 50kg bag of Ogbono contains 17 custard buckets. Currently, a bucket retails for 9k-10k. By September to December, it will sell for 12k-15k. This is the season to buy and stock Ogbono and sell in one or two month time.

What is the most consumed soup in Nigeria?

Ogbono soup is the most popular out of all the Nigerian draw soups. It originated from the western parts of Nigeria, but it is now enjoyed by people all over the country. The soup gets its name from the main ingredient, which is Ogbono seeds.

What is the other name for ogbono?

Irvingia is a genus of African and Southeast Asian trees in the family Irvingiaceae, sometimes known by the common names wild mango, African mango, bush mango, dika, mbukpap uyo or ogbono. They bear edible mango-like fruits, and are especially valued for their fat- and protein-rich nuts.

What is the English name for ogbono seed?

Ogbono is botanically known as Irvingia gabonensis (Aubry-Lecomte ex O’Rorke) Baill and is highly demanded due to its immense benefits. Ogbono is a specie of African trees that belongs to the genus Irvingia.

Who should not eat Ogbono soup?

It is a taboo for Asaba natives to eat ogbono soup because our mother goddess, Onishe uses it for spiritual purification which in local parlance is known as ife-ahu.” At the mouth of the River Niger is the sacred abode of the deity, Onishe, the spiritual mother who holds the destiny of Asaba people.

What is the difference between old and new ogbono?

Depending on the season, there are usually 2 types of ogbono seeds in the market. – the new type and the old type . the new type is more expensive than the old but it “draws” more than the old ( you won’t need to add okro for it to “draw”) .

How long can you keep ogbono?

Ogbono can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to six months. If you live in a hot climate, it is best to store ogbono in the fridge or freezer. Ogbono can also be ground into a powder and stored in a tightly sealed container. The ogbono powder will last for up to a year if stored properly.

What is ogbono in Yoruba?

Ogbono (Ibo) or Apon (Yoruba) is the seed of the African wild mango (Oro). The seed is dried and then milled with some crayfish in order to make Ogbono soup powder. This is by far one of the easiest and fasted Nigerian soups to prepare.

Where is ogbono grown in Nigeria?

The trees, which are described as “African wild mango”, “bush mango” or “ogbono” are commonly found in the south-east and south-south. They produce fruits that are a veritable source of income to many people in those parts of the country.

Can I store ogbono in freezer?

In temperate regions, you can store authentic ogbono in a cool dry place for years and it will remain the same. If you have no option than to grind the ogbono, store it in a constantly working freezer (no NEPA things ).

Is ogbono soup rich in iron?

Results revealed a high iron level in ogbono soup; Egusi + vegetable soup showed a very low level of calcium, while afang and soko soup had a relatively high level; Turkey stew and ogbono soup had a very high level of phosphorus, while the other soups had adequate levels except for egusi + vegetable soup which was 

What swallow goes best with ogbono soup?

Ogbono soup is a native soup distinctively known for its taste which sets it apart from the rest. This very delicious and nourishing soup can go with any popular swallows like Garri(Eba),Amala, Fufu(Akpu), Semolina, Semovita, Wheat, or even pounded yam.

Does ogbono cause constipation?

Ogbono soup, prevents Constipation: being a rich source of dietary fibre, ogbono can be eaten to improve bowel function and prevent constipation, it also aids easy digestion of food thereby preventing bloating, this is as a result of the high fibre content.

Can you eat rice with ogbono soup?

Loads of people eat Ogbono soup with rice and I remember posting a photo of Ogbono on Instagram and was advised to try it with pasta. I did and it was really yummy. You can choose to make your Ogbono soup plain; without adding vegetables. This is also a tasty method.

Originally posted 2023-03-24 04:12:46.

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