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This soup is one of the South east most cherished soup. It is also a traditional meal which is almost the same procedure with bitterleaf soup; but people cook it with oha leaves. And guess what it is also rich and nutritious. Below is a step by step procedure of how to cook ora(oha) soup.


  • Oha leaves or Utazi (Utazi is optional)
  • Cocoyam
  • Palm fruit boiled with oil juice washed and squeezed out or Red oil (optional) Note:-To get the taste of oha soup is advised you use palm fruit and extract the oil juice out.
  • Assorted beef, shaki (cow tripe)e.t.c
  • Stockfish and Dry fish
  • Pepper, Crayfish and Salt
  • Stock cubes
  • Ogiri Igbo


  • Cook the cow tripe allow it to boil for about 15-20 minutes add beef with the stock cubes the cook for 20-25 minute.
  • Wash and cut the oha leaves with your hands (fingers) into tiny pieces

Note:-Using your hands (fingers) to cut the ora leave prevents the vegetable from getting darker in colour

  • Add pepper, ground crayfish and cook for some minutes (5mins)
  • Boil the cocoyam till is soft. Peel the back and use blender or mortar and pestle to pound to a smooth paste
  • Add the blended cocoyam paste (small lumps) into the pot
  • Once the cocoyam lumps dissolves and thickens the soup the you are good to go.

Note:-* You can add more water if you feel that the soup is too thick

  • Add the ora leave and leave it to cook for about 5 minutes. At this moment don’t cover the pot
  • Add salt to taste, stir and the soup is ready!!

Enjoy your soup with any swallow of your choice

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