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HOW TO MAKE OKAZI SOUP

A lot of people mistake Okazi soup for Afang soup just because of the use of the similar leaves used in making the soup. After reading this article on how to make Okazi soup, I hope you will be able to differentiate between the two soups.

This soup is indigenous to the people of the southeast region of Nigeria, especially the people of Umuahia. This soup is known as Ofe Okazi( Which is also known as Ukazi soup). This soup is very delicious and is mostly served during festive periods, gatherings, parties e.t.c. I can tell you plainly that when you try this Okazi soup, you will see the reasons why our soups are the central point of meals in Nigeria.

The major difference between Afang soup and Okazi soup is that Afang is prepared with Okazi and water leaves while Okazi soup is prepared with Uziza and Okazi leaves.

Most people made their research and concluded that Okazi soup is the basic Nigerian Egusi Soup but just prepared with Okazi leaves, well this is not true. The major ingredients of this soup are Okazi leaves, Uziza leaves, Ofor powder or Achi.

Ofor and Achi are both soup thickeners, but achi thickens soup better, but ofor actually tastes better and also has a great texture. Okazi leaves have a lot of nutritional benefits, it is a rich source of minerals, vitamins and a lot of non- essential amino acids. It also contains a lot of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.


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Health Benefits of Okazi Soup

  • Okazi leaves prevent goiter and this due to the presence of iodine in it.
  • It boosts the immunity of the body against any kind of disease.
  • Ukazi leaves are very high in fiber which helps to reduce constipation.
  •  It cures pile, any stomach ailment, and fights liver issues.
  • Detoxifies the blood
  • Nourishes the skin and prevents scurvy.
  • Increases the metabolism rate in the body and this, in turn, helps to improve weight loss
  • It is a good source of Vitamins A, B1 & B2.
  •  Energizes the body and prevents rheumatism.
  • Prevents malaria due to the anti-bacterial and anti-parasite properties it contains.
  • Prevents indigestion
  • It is used in treating boils, sore throat, and nausea.
  • Cures skin diseases such as ringworms, eczema, rashes e.tc. This can be achieved by just squeezing the water of the leaves.

HOW TO MAKE OKAZI SOUP

INGREDIENTS

  • 8-9 pieces of beef
  • 4-5 pieces of dry fish ( deboned and washed)
  • 1 cup of sliced okazi leaves(washed)
  • 2 tbsps.of  grounded crayfish
  • 1tsp. of dry pepper powder
  • 1tbsps.  of ofor or achi powder
  • 1/2 cup of uziza leaves
  • 5-7 pieces of ponmo
  • A wrap of ogiri paste
  • 2 habanero pepper or yellow pepper
  • 4 tbsp. of palm oil
  • 2 seasoning cube
  • 4-5 cups of water
  • salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

Season your beef with a seasoning cube, salt, and the dry pepper. Add just a little water to the meat and start cooking on your burner. Chop the yellow pepper and set aside.

N.B- You can marinate your beef for 20- 30 minutes before cooking, this will add more flavor to your beef.

Cook your beef till it becomes soft enough. Add the stockfish ponmo and dry fish to the boiling meat before it becomes soft.

To cook your Okazi soup, add more water to the meat and allow to boil for about 2 minutes, then add in your ogiri, crayfish, the chopped pepper, and palm oil. Cook it for about 10-15 minutes in order to reduce the intensity of the flavor of the ogiri paste.

Stir, and check if your season is okay( you can add little season if it needs more). Reduce the heat of your burner, add in the ofor powder into boiling soup and mix properly. Increase the heat of your burner a little, so that the soup starts to thicken. The consistency of the soup should be similar to that of Nsala soup.

The soup will thicken in about 3 minutes, then add-in the Uziza and Okazi leaves and cook for about 2 minutes.

Your delicious Okazi soup is ready.

You can enjoy it with pounded yam, fufu , semo, eba or any other swallow of your choice.

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