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Ogbono Soup Stew

Ogbono soup recipe from Nigeria

Ogbono soup is a nigerian stew which consists mainly out of the stew made from Ogbono seeds. Ogbono is the local name for a Mango-like tree which produces fruits similar to the common Mango. The tree is also known as african Mango or Wild Mango. There are many different varieties of the Ogbono soup recipe found in Nigeria, but most of these recipes consist of some type of meat, okra and ground ogbono seeds. It is really popular in the whole of Nigeria and neighbouring countries like Benin and Cameroon. The dried ogbono seeds are sold whole or already ground in many local african stores. If you can not find Ogbono seeds you can try to replace them by pumpkin seeds. You can serve your delicious Ogbono stew with either fufu or rice.

Ingredients for Nigerian Ogbono soup recipe

  • Beef ( 1 pound / 600 Gr)
  • half a cup of dried & ground ogbono seeds
  • Okra (300 gram)
  • Cabbage or Fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 or 2 red chili peppers
  • 1 Onion
  • 6 tomatoes
  • Palm oil
  • Maggi cube
  • Salt & Peper

How to cook Ogbono soup recipe?

  1. Chop your onions, tomatoes, chilis and meat into tiny cubes.
  2. Grind your Ogbono seeds (or pumpkin) if you bought whole seeds and heat a little bit of palm oil in a pan to fry your ground ogbono seeds for around 1 minute and take of the fire.
  3. Heat around a quarter cup of palm oil in another big pot and fry your onions and chilis for 3 minutes. add the meat and tomatoes and fry for another 5 minutes.
  4. Now add water (3 cups) and 1 Maggi Cube to the pot and boil for 45 minutes with closed lit on low fire.
  5. after the meat is tender add the cabbage (cut into pieces) or fresh spinach leaves together with the fried ground ogbono seeds and stire it in well and let it cook for another 20 minutes.
  6. Your delicious Nigerian Ogbono Soup is ready to be served! 🙂