This highly medicinal soup is native to the Esan speaking people of the Heartbeat State of the nation Nigeria popularly known as Edo State. As mentioned earlier it is very medicinal because the main ingredients are a combination of two or more vegetables known for their healthy and medicinal benefits. These vegetables are very common. Some of the various vegetables include scent leaves, bitter leaves, uzazi, Pumpkin leaves popularly known as ugwu. These leaves are usually ground or blended to form a paste-like form. The dark colour of the soup is obtained from the grounded leaves.


For 2-3 servings

  • Bunch scent leaves
  • Bunch bitter leaves
  • Bunch uziza leaves
  • Bunch Pumpkin leaves
  • 2 cups banga juice or palm oil
  • Ponmo
  • Meat
  • Roasted fish
  • Stock fish
  • Half-cup crayfish
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Onions
  • Seasoning cubes

I. The first thing to do is to get the main ingredients (the leaves) ready. To completely remove germs from the bitter leaves, par-boil them for around 10 minutes before re-washing with clean water, exactly as you would when making bitter leaf soup. When doing this, leave the pot open.

II. After you've finished boiling, drain through a strainer and rinse with cold water several times.

III. Set aside after squeezing out excess water.

IV. Soak the scent leaves, uziza leaves, and ugwu leaves for 5 minutes in saltwater, then rinse with clean water. Cut into tiny pieces with a knife and mix with the cleaned bitter leaves, pepper, onions, and crayfish in a blender to a smooth paste.

V. In a small saucepan, combine the banga sauce, meat, and pomo. Maggi and salt should be added to season correctly. Cook for 15 minutes, or until the contents are tender are soft and the liquid in the saucepan has reduced. Add the banga juice, stockfish and roasted fish and allow to cook for about 10 minutes.

VI. Pour in the blended mixture, stir, and continue to simmer for another 10-12 minutes before turning off the heat. You can add more cubes of Maggi if preferred. Serve with eba, amala, pounded yam or any of your preferred types of swallow.

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