Ewedu soup is indigenous to the people of Yoruba, a very popular Nigerian ethnic group.
But then I am guessing you know that already so we are going to delve right into the matter of the day which is totally about making Yoruba ewedu soup.

I have had my own share of Yoruba foods after living in Lagos state for over ten years, I know virtually everything that goes into the stomach of a Yoruba person (I am talking foods), so sit tight, you are at the right place if you are looking to make delicious Yoruba foods.

Are you married or dating a Yoruba person? majority of members of the Nigerian kitchen are ladies that are either dating or married to a Nigerian man, if you are in this group sit tight too!

If you are living outside Nigerian you might wanna start looking up the easy to make Nigerian foods, I doubt you would find all the ingredients for preparing ewedu in your location, except of course you know where to look.

There are simple Nigerian recipes like jollof rice, fried rice, Tomato Stew and White Rice, that is just where to start if you are new to the whole “Nigerian food thingy”. Thank you.

My first encounter with this food – ewedu soup amid stew and assorted meat – was a memorable one, it was a Saturday evening, I was siting right at this same spot when I heard a knock by our neighbor’s daughter. They were having a dedication ceremony and the foods was making rounds, the usual Yoruba way.

She presented a plate of amala and deliciously made ewedu soup in its usual form, the way the yoruba people like it best – Ewedu soup/stew and amala.

Ewedu Soup

OK, this image was taken on a different occasion and not the exact one she presented to me although they look alike.

As you can see above, ewedu soup is not usually served alone in a yoruba setting, but this is of course not etched in stones. You can always experiment wildly on Nigerian foods to find your favorite combination.

Over the months that followed I learned more about Yoruba foods and even added some of them to my menu, I learned to make the ewedu soup and lots of other Yoruba recipes. So if you are looking to make a delicious pot of ewedu soup follow me, let’s get started already.

Ingredients for making ewedu soup is as follows; this would make a simple pot of soup for about six people. You can increase or decrease the ingredients depending on the number of people you are looking to feed and of course their stomach sizes.

Ingredients:
Ewedu leaves (corchorus olitorius) 300g
1/2 teaspoon of powdered potash
1.5 cups of water
Ewedu Broom or a blender
Salt to taste
Maggi (1 or 2 cubes)
Chilly Pepper to taste
4-5 spoons of ground crayfish

There are more simple ways to prepare this soup without the use of the mashing broom. You can slice the leaves to tiny bits and commence cooking
or you can follow the process below with a mashing ewedu broom, the normal way.

One of the qualities of the the ewedu leaf is the ability to draw, perhaps the reason you can not make this soup with any other leaf.
Ewedu Leaves

How to Prepare Ewedu Soup

Nicely pick just the leaves (no stem allowed), then go ahead and wash properly with a lot of water to remove any sand left on it.

Pour 1.5 cups of water to a cooking pot and heat to boiling point, add the washed ewedu leaves, soak the half teaspoon of potash in half cup of water and filter into the pot (to soften the leaves), cook for 7-10 minutes.

Then use the cooking broom to mash (more like pound) continuously inside the pot, this will turn the leaves to tiny bits after mashing for about five minutes.

Alternatively, You can also transfer into a blender and pulse a couple of times, I think this way is easier and better. That was how I made the soup above, couldn’t find the ewedu broom.

Transfer back to the pot and add the ground crayfish, maggi, salt and pepper to taste. Allow to simmer for just five minutes and you are done with making ewedu soup.

Serve ewedu soup plus stew and meat with either amala, eba, semo or pounded yam, the exact way a Yoruba man would love it.

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Comments

  1. The Nigerian Kitchen  July 27, 2013

    I have a question – do you eat this soup as is (that is just ewedu) or you blend it with other soups?

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    • yima  January 5, 2017

      Its eaten as it is. But mostly mixed with stew.

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  2. Mike  July 27, 2013

    I like to blend with stew and it would be even better if you add cooked fish to the combination, that is – ewedu soup plus cooked fish from tomato stew, that is my best combination and that is how my wife does it. Also you can use turkey instead of the fish… Delicious!!!

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  3. Mr Eno  July 27, 2013

    Oh my! I really miss all of this delicious Nigerian foods, you don’t get to see a lot of them here in NYC.

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  4. yoruba man  July 27, 2013

    Yes, I am a yoruba man and I like to blend ewedu with other soups like egusi plus stew, it is perfect that way. I also like other yoruba soups like efo riro and gbegiri (beans soup), they are my favorites. But if I am out of my house, a well made jollof rice is my thing.

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  5. vafeo  March 24, 2014

    I give u kudos, its a nice try. Bt all yoruba stew or soup is as rich as u are. In d case of ewedu, its neva complete widot ur brown locus bean, fish( whc u mashed wt d broom once d leaf is soft) . Then u add a lil bit of blended crayfish & den ur seasoning & salt to taste.
    Its not jst a leaf, seasoning & salt affair. Tks. Try it dis way, u wil love it d more

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  6. ufa kennie alegbeleye  July 11, 2014

    good

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  7. Dorcas  April 9, 2015

    Actually, I just stumbled on this website, and I have loved every minute of my being here. As an original Yoruba wife, whose husband loves ewedu soup, i think i should add a few detail. #1. Warning! – Don’t add any ingredient to the water before it boils except potash. Reason: the leaves will never draw! #2. You might also like to add iru (locust beans) after using the broom. It improves the taste a lot. #3. Some Yoruba People, especially from Ogbomosho like to add egusi (Melon Seeds) to the ewedu after it is done! Interesting isn’t it?

    Like a said, I love all your recipes. Thanks. Dorcas.

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  8. Rebecca  August 24, 2015

    I do not know how to show appreciation to your contribution on this blog, but to say thank you and abundant God’s blessings.

    thanks.

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  9. Yetty  September 14, 2015

    What a delicious soup when u add stock fish;

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  10. Olayeye  March 19, 2016

    This is nice but I think ewedu soup is not complete without ground egusi and locust beans(iru woro)take note.

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  11. Kaveetha  June 29, 2016

    Hi There,

    I’m an Indian and my fiance is a Nigerian, I love him so much that I want to be able to atleast one Nigerian dish when he comes to visit me again. So can tell me a simple Nigerian dish wherein I can make it with the ingredients avaiable in India….. as I went through a lot of receipes and there are some ingredients which I dont think I will get it here. Can you please help…

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    • Dami Victor  October 23, 2016

      Hi, Kaveetha.

      Amongst the above listed ingredients needed which is not available in Indian?

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  12. Esther  January 28, 2017

    Can Ewedu soup stay for like 2 or 3 days? not in the fridge just warming it morning and night

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    • Chy Anegbu  February 1, 2017

      it turns dark, even in the fridge. Ewedu should made and eaten the same day.

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