Nigerian Oha soup is definitely going to make a list of Nigerian popular soups.
You are probably here because you want to learn how to make oha soup the exact way an Igbo woman would prepare it, we are still on foods eaten by different Nigerian ethnic group or maybe you got here via the page on All Nigerian soup, Welcome!

Ofe Ora (as the people of Igbo call it) is one of the most delicious soups that is popularly made and eaten by the people of Igbo (a very popular Nigerian tribe), made with the leaves of a tree called oha leaves. Ora soup is often prepared with cocoa-yam, egusi or ofor/achi as the thickener.

I remember those days in the village, we pluck the fresh oha leaves directly from the tree, this is the exact reason why I prefer foods from the village, almost every ingredient used were freshly harvested from the farm, a luxury we can’t afford here in our current state of residence or other countries of the world.

Nigerian Uha Soup

However, every ingredient used in making Nigerian foods can be bought in almost any Nigerian local or international market, you may not be lucky enough to purchase the very fresh ones but you will most likely find a processed or dried alternative.

The following ingredients are used in making oha soup in Nigeria, you can increase or decrease depending on the number of people you are looking to feed, this would serve 5×3 persons

This soup could be refrigerated for up to two weeks (two weeks is the recommended duration for most Nigerian soups)

The Ingredients For Oha Soup

Serving (6×2)
Oha leaves (as required)
Cocoa yam (see the video below)(about 15 to 20 medium sizes)
2kg Meat of choice (chicken, assorted, beef, goat meat, turkey)
600g Dry fish or mangala
Maggi (seasoning) 2 to 4 cubes
Ground crayfish (1 cups)
A handful of Uziza leaves (optional)
1 big Stock fish head
Palm oil 200-250ml
3-4 tablespoons of ofor or achi (as alternative thickener)
Ogiri (local ingredients)
salt and pepper to taste

Whenever I am making soups with cocoa yam, I chose to buy a small quantity of ofor or achi to supplement insufficiency (just in case) maybe about 1 or 2 tablespoons

How To Prepare Oha (ora) Nigerian Soup

Time: About seventy minutes

Wash the cocoa yam with just water and start cooking, cook until it is soft (you can check with your fingers), then peel off the outer back and pound with a mortar and pestle, the normal traditional way. Grind crayfish and fresh pepper (I like to use fresh pepper for most Nigerian foods)

Pluck off the Uha leaves from the stem and slice with a kitchen knife, I like to shred the leaves with my fingers the exact way I learned from my mother (You will find how this is done from the video below, this method will ensure that the leaves are not shredded to tiny bits).

In case you want to slice with a kitchen knife just to ease up the process be sure not to slice into very tiny bits. See the uha soup image above

Parboil meat with the necessary ingredients, allow to cook for ten to fifteen minutes before adding the hot-water-washed dry fish and, (we use hot water to soak and wash dry fish/stock fish just to make sure the accompanying sand is washed off). Add the stock fish and cook until it is tender,

Add more water then add red oil (palm oil), ground crayfish, maggi, salt and pepper to taste. Stir and allow boiling. At this point it should give a good soupy taste (even though it would be watery)

Then add the pounded cocoa yam as you can find in the video below (at this point you can add the ground egusi if you choose to make oha soup with egusi, which is also a very tasty recipe. Remember I told you that either egusi, achi or cocoa yam can serve as the thickener for this popular Igbo soup).
Boiling oha soup
Also add the ogiri at this point.

Stir; allow to dissolve before adding the sliced uziza leaves then uha leave should follow after a minute. Stir and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes and you just made a very delicious oha soup (ofe ora).
making oha soup
Serve with eba, fufu or pounded yam.

Video For Making Oha Soup In Nigeria

Above is a video demonstration of the steps outlined above, you can learn to make oha soup by watching this video, I have found videos to be more helpful especially when it comes to making foods. You will learn about every ingredients used and of course the step by step instruction.

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  2. Annette  August 4, 2014

    Thanks for your recipes. I observed that ogiri is on the list as an ingredient but it was not mentioned at what point it should be added in the soup.

    • Chy Anegbu  August 6, 2014

      Annette, thanks for you observation, I have now edited the page to add that.

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  5. Phina  September 26, 2014

    hmm gonna try dis this saturday. am not igbo though, but am in love with the soup.tanx 4 ur teachings on how to prepare delicious Nigerian Dishes.GOD BLESS UR HAND WORK

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  11. Floxy  August 21, 2015

    I want to try it tomorrow.

  12. Yemobounty  August 27, 2015

    I followed your steps on how to make oha soup and it was superb. My husband loved it. It was awesome. Thanks

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  17. Oluwatosin  March 15, 2016

    Lovely looking soup, very delicious!
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  18. GideonGreat  April 3, 2016

    Waw.. Wawer… Wawest.. Lol
    This is awesome, new on this site but followed your procedures and I made a nice pot of ora soup… and guess what? mom’s so happy.. Thanks so much for this ma.. More Grace!

  19. Miss. B  April 14, 2016

    So I cooked oha soup today following this procedure, unlike the first oha soup I cooked, it was watery.. this time it was perfect! Except that it’s a little bit peppery, well not for me though, but my brother doesn’t like pepper. I used black pepper and it was too peppery. Will be more careful next time. Thank you!

  20. Ntebo  May 22, 2016

    I thank you my dear…
    I’m a South African and my hubby is suprised why I dish him deferent meals that he never taught me I told him it’s my kitchen secrets.. thanks for the oha soup.


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