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#CookingGuide: How to make Ofe Anara

#CookingGuide: How to make Ofe Anara

Ofe Anara, also known as garden egg leaves soup, is a traditional Nigerian dish that is both delicious and nutritious. It is made using fresh garden egg leaves, palm fruit extract, assorted meats, and spices. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make Ofe Anara:


500g assorted meats (beef, goat meat, tripe, etc.)
2 cups palm fruit extract (banga)
2 cups fresh garden egg leaves
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
2 tablespoons ground crayfish
2-3 scotch bonnet peppers (or to taste), blended
2 seasoning cubes
Salt to taste
Optional: smoked fish, stockfish, or dried shrimp (for added flavor)


1. Wash the assorted meats thoroughly and place them in a pot. Add chopped onions, seasoning cubes, and salt. Cook on medium heat until the meats are tender. If using tough meats or stockfish, you may need to pre-soak and cook them separately before adding to the pot.

2. In a separate pot, heat the palm fruit extract (banga) until it boils. Allow it to cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. This process helps to extract the natural oils and flavors from the palm fruit.

3. Add the cooked assorted meats to the pot with the palm fruit extract. If using smoked fish, stockfish, or dried shrimp, add them at this stage as well. Stir and allow the mixture to cook for another 10-15 minutes.

4. Rinse the fresh garden egg leaves thoroughly and chop them into small pieces. If using spinach as a substitute, ensure it is also cleaned and chopped.

5. Add the chopped garden egg leaves to the pot and stir well. Allow the soup to simmer for about 5 minutes or until the leaves wilt and blend into the soup.

6. Add the ground crayfish, blended scotch bonnet peppers, and salt to taste. Stir the soup gently to incorporate all the ingredients. Simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

7. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if necessary. You can add more salt or seasoning cubes according to your preference.

8. Once the soup is cooked to your desired consistency and the flavors have infused well, remove it from the heat.

9. Serve the Ofe Anara (garden egg leaves soup) hot with your choice of swallow (e.g., pounded yam, fufu, or eba) or rice.

Enjoy your homemade Ofe Anara, a delicious traditional Nigerian soup that celebrates the flavors of garden egg leaves and palm fruit extract.

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