THE NIGERIAN SOUP YOUR IN-LAWS WANT TO EAT | Flo Chinyere
What do Igbo mothers do when their big in
law, nnukwu ogo,
calls them to say “Mama I’m on my way to your
house right now”?
You can’t say no to such an August visitor
neither will you serve him a subpar meal.
Ofe Nsala to the rescue!
Ofe Nsala is by far the quickest and the easiest
Igbo soup to prepare.
If you do not know how to prepare Ofe Nsala,
it means that nobody has shown you how.
I am showing you how now ooo!
You will need correct catfish, Azu ndu!
Azu ndu literally means fish that is still
alive and kicking.
Look at them swimming around.
So you run off to the market after getting
that all important phone call,
and point at one fish and they will kill it
Point and Kill anyone?
Catfish is isi afulu kwaba okpu which means
the main the main ingredient in Ofe Nsala.
Ofe Nsala that you do not use catfish to prepare,
is that one ofe nsala?
If you live in Nigeria please do not,
I repeat do not use any other fish for Ofe
You are only allowed to use another fish if
you live outside Nigeria
and you can’t buy catfish where you live.
In that case, you can use conger eel.
I gave conger eel a 9 out of 10 as a catfish
in my Nigerian ingredients alternatives video.
Make sure you watch that video to hear everything
I said about using conger eel before you cook
The link to the video will pop up right now
and it’s is clickable.
Test if the link works, don’t be shy.
Here are the other ingredients you will need:
Utazi: this is a bitter, heart-shaped leaf,
this is not okazi, it is not ukazi, it is
not uziza either.
The catfish … the chairman of the meeting.
Ogiri Okpei, you saw me buy this at the market
in my previous market video.
If you want to learn about Nigerian ingredients
you need to be watching every single follow
market video that I put out.
That’s where I share random useful information
including the ones I learn right there in
about the ingredients I use in my videos especially
the traditional ones.
Habanero pepper and white puna yam which is
the thickener for the Ofe Nsala.
First pour boiling water on the pieces of
This does two things, one: the hot water removes
the slime from the cat fish
and two, the hot water shocks the pieces of
fish and toughens them
making it harder for them to disintegrate
while you are cooking the soup.
As soon as you pour the hot water on the fish,
you will see the slime turn white.
And can you see the fish curling up?
That’s the shock of the hot water which toughens
Everything I tell you in my videos is true,
you just need to pay
attention to these little things and you will
see them yourself.
Quickly rinse off the slime with cool water,
do not leave the catfish sitting in the pool
of hot water for longer than necessary.
When done, put them in the pot,
add seasoning cubes,
the pieces of yam which you must have peeled
and cut earlier
Pour water to just under the level of the
And start cooking.
Pound the habanero pepper, ogiri okpei, crayfish
and chopped utazi in a mortar.
The aim here is to give the ingredients a
They shouldn’t be smooth.
If you are using a blender,
ensure you don’t blend till smooth else the
soup will look bleh,
like pieces of fish sitting in a pool of muddy
You see what it looks like?
Keep an eye on the pot …
And once the pieces of yam are soft, take
Add the pounded ingredients and continue cooking!
Crush the yam in a mortar exactly the same
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Then use all your energy to make the yam smooth
Add to the ofe nsala in small lumps.
Cover and once the yam dissolves, it’s done!
Add salt if necessary and that’s it!
So so easy!
Serve this to your in-law with pounded yam.
Yes, Ofe Nsala is always, always served with
Happy in-law, happy life!
If you need my express permission for any
other fufu meal
you can serve this with, let me know in the
Bah byeee see you soon!