Igbo food recipe; How to make/cook Nsala soup(white soup)

By Obindigbo November 21, 2015 10:09

Nsala soup recipe

Learn how to make/prepare Nsala soup(white soup)

Nsala Soup is popular among the South-eastern part of Nigeria. Some other people prefer to call it “white soup” because the soup requires little or no palm oil. Most times, it is the desired meal for Igbo mothers who had just delivered their babies and also pregnant women. The reason is not far-fetched, the ingredients used to prepare Nsala aids digestion and prevents irritation that may occur during prenatal and postnatal experiences. Nevertheless, it is considered as a quick soup that requires little time to prepare and with few ingredients. This perhaps explains its general acceptance by both men and women.Nigerian nsala soup (white soup)

Ingredients for preparing Nsala Soup:

  • Cat Fish
  • Fresh or dry Utazi Leaves
  • Thickener: Raw yam cut into cubes/ Yam Powder
  • Peppers -to taste
  • Salt -to taste
  • 1 handful crayfish
  • 1 stock cube (Maggi / Knorr)
  • 1 Ogiri Okpei

Nsala soup recipe and cooking directions

  1. Cut the catfish into 1 inch thick cylindrical discs and remove the intestines.
  2. Place in bowl and pour very hot water on the fish, leave for about 2 minutes and wash the fish with cold water.
  3. Boil a few cubes of raw white yam. When soft, pound with a mortar and pestle till a smooth paste is formed, then set aside.
  4. Wash and pound/blend the utazi leaves, the chilli pepper and the crayfish and set aside. Utazi is bitter in taste and only used for flavouring so one or two leaves should be enough especially when using the fresh leaves.
  5. Place the catfish in a pot and pour enough water to cover the fish. Add the seasoning and cook till done. It is optional  to add meat and dry fish to this soup recipe.
  6. When the catfish is almost done, add the crayfish, pepper and utazi leaves blend. Also add the yam paste in small lumps and salt to taste.

Written by Chinenye Eseke



By Obindigbo November 21, 2015 10:09