Cookbook:Ofe Utazi (Nigerian Utazi Soup)

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Ofe Utazi (Nigerian Utazi Soup)
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Ofe utazi is a popular soup among the Igbo people of Nigeria.


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  1. Squeeze the utazi leaves in a bowl with some water to wash off the bitterness. Rinse and slice, then set aside.
  2. Place the unpeeled cocoyam in a pot. Cover with water, and boil until tender. Drain.
  3. Peel the cocoyam. Pound it using a mortar and pestly until it becomes smooth, stretchy, and sticky.
  4. Combine beef, stockfish, and cowskin in a pot. Season with salt and seasoning cube. Cook in its own juices before adding additional water.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes, then add the dryfish.
  6. Blend the ground crayfish, habanero pepper, and dawa dawa to a smooth paste.
  7. Add this paste to the stew along with the palm oil. Simmer for a few minutes
  8. Add the pounded cocoyam in small lumps. Stir well, and continue to cook on high heat.
  9. Once you have gotten the desired consistency, add the washed and sliced Utazi.
  10. Bring to a boil, and season with salt as necessary. Stir, and remove from the heat.
  11. Serve the utazi soup with the swallow of your choice.

Notes, tips, and variations

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  • Ensure you start cooking the cocoyam ahead of time, since it will take time to prepare.