FOOD: Preparing Onugbu and Ogbono Soup



Igbo Food – Onugbu and Ogbono soup.


  • 15ml of palm oil
  • 3 milk cups of Ogbono
  • 20g of Onugbu (Bitter leaf)
  • 2 boiled stockfish (okporoko)
  • 1 okpeyin (oil bean)
  • crayfish
  • pepper
  • sliced onions
  • 2 smoked fishes
  • boiled beef
  • maggi cubes
  • salt


  1. Pour the palm oil and sliced onions in a pot and heat until becomes translucent.
  2. Add grounded ogbono and fry for a while in low heat.
  3. Add the boiled beef and stockfish into the pot
  4. Allow to steam for 5 minutes.
  5. Add grounded crayfish, oil bean, and pepper into the pot.
  6. Steam for 13 minutes
  7. Wash the smoked fishes, shred them into smaller particles, and add into the pot.
  8. Stir with cooking spoon and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
  9. Add maggi cubes and salt to taste.
  10. Finally, add the onugbu (bitter leaf) in the pot, allow to boil for 3 minutes
  11. Serve hot with cassava powder or pounded cassava (fufu). To achieve the desired tastes.


The Onugbu (bitter leaf) is a good supplement for blood, but do you that okpeyin is very medicinal which is also good for strengthening the immune system. This traditional Igbo Cuisine is fortified with essential nutrients and needed basic for a  balanced health, mind, and soul.


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