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.

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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  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?

    • yima  January 5, 2017

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

    • Sade  April 12, 2017

      As for me o, if i want to eat any swallows,I blend it stew and gbegiri if available but if I want to drink ewedu, I don’t add anything.

      • Dr. Ebus  June 13, 2017

        U dey enjoy ooooo

      • laide  May 20, 2019

        if u want to drink it. is it cooked same way with eating with swallow

        • Ife  August 2, 2020

          Yes it should me and you may choose to blend it if you’re going to drink it

    • Oluremi Ogundana  October 18, 2017

      I f you want a bright looking soup, you can add the stew . But if you are only keen about the ewedu improving your haemoglobin level particularly for a convalescent person , the green soup is okay since you have added the Maggie, salt and dry pepper. Remi

  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!!!

  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.

  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.

  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

    • Lizzy  April 28, 2017

      Yes you are correct. How can you cook ewedu without locust beans

  6. ufa kennie alegbeleye  July 11, 2014


  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.

  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.


  9. Yetty  September 14, 2015

    What a delicious soup when u add stock fish;

  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.

  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…

    • Dami Victor  October 23, 2016

      Hi, Kaveetha.

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

  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

    • Chy Anegbu  February 1, 2017

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

      • Joy  March 15, 2017

        Wat abt in d freezer?

        • Chy Anegbu  March 19, 2017

          freezer is just the same as fridge.

  13. mama oyibo yellow  July 7, 2017

    it tastes good

  14. Gifty  September 12, 2017

    Love dis page bcoz I love to cook good foods

    • Blessing  November 10, 2017

      Please can one find dis ewedu leaf in d east? Owerri, I love the soup soo much, I cnt find it in the market

      • Lilian  November 25, 2017

        oh yes. it’s in the east. it’s called kerenkere. it’s quite common. you just didn’t know it’s same as ewedu. look closely at the image

  15. Francis ijeoma  November 15, 2017

    This is nice oh. With this i will love to prepare my ewedu soup someday with alot of smoke fish in it. You are doing a good job here. God bless the tutor.. For me i love cooking than eating outside

  16. Dede  December 14, 2017

    Hello, is it possible for the ewedu to not draw? My ewedu isn’t drawing .Thanks

    • Chy Anegbu  December 20, 2017

      Not drawing at all? Did you overcook it? It doesn’t draw like okro but it should draw.

    • Tpe  January 30, 2019

      make sure you dont cover the pot while cooking

  17. Akpah O.Martin  January 4, 2018

    Is the potash healthy for consumption?

    • Chy Anegbu  January 5, 2018

      We use very little, doctors can tell us more.

  18. Thecla  January 19, 2018

    Please the stew that is added to the ewedu soup,was it fried with red oil or groundnut oil

    • Chy Anegbu  January 22, 2018

      Any kind of stew will do, normal vegetable-oil-fried stew.

  19. Abuz  May 18, 2018

    I am aware that potash is not too good for the body, can i cook the soup without it

    • Chef Chidi  May 19, 2018

      The potash softens the leaves but I think you can totally do without it.

    • Lynda  February 8, 2019

      You can go to any pharmacy, ask for bicarbonate of soda(its in powder form) it’s an alternative for potash

  20. Shalom  October 20, 2018

    I’m an Igbo girl and I love ewedu soup. Thanks for the guidance. I will prepare mine as well. I love cooking and also like trying new things even if it’s not my tribe soup.

  21. Mary Mercy  November 7, 2018

    can it be covered while it on the fire

    • Chy Anegbu  November 8, 2018

      No point, it could turn dark once it is overcooked. I like my ewedu green. 😀

  22. Ola Richard taiwo  December 12, 2018

    I am a Yoruba man from ekiti, ewedu go well with amala. And I normally eat rice with it in Lebanon

  23. Peter uge  March 3, 2019

    Its really nice with amala

  24. Amos O Aduroja  June 10, 2019

    Potash is very bad for the lining of the intestine. It eats the lining of the stomach and intestine. It leads to ulcer. If you have studied the prevalence of ulcer in the western part of Nigeria, you will notice a very high prevalence of ulcer in parts of Oyo Alafin. This surge around Oyo Alafin town is due to the fact that they use potash to cook everything including ewedu, beans and other things.
    I advise a total ban on the use of potash in cooking. Its accumulation in the intestinal mucosa has grave consequences.
    Dr. Aduroja

    • Chy Anegbu  June 11, 2019

      Thanks, would you recommend any alternative?

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  26. Patricia  October 22, 2019

    Thanks for this simple guide, today, I made my first perfect ewedu soup, the best amongst all previous trials.

  27. claire Coulter  December 16, 2019

    is there any websites that I can buy Nigerian ingredients from? I live in Scotland but im housebound and don’t know of anywhere to get international ingredients. I like to try new things and would love to try foods from all over the world.

    • Chy Anegbu  December 16, 2019

      We will re-open our shop in January.

  28. Gozxy  July 28, 2020

    Pls is there any special recipe for ewedu stew?
    Or can one eat it with the regular stew made with vegetable oil.

    • Chy Anegbu  July 30, 2020

      Yeah, the regular stew.


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