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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  1. Rita  August 6, 2013

    Oha soup (ofe ora) is actually my best soup. I am a Nigerian that is also married to a Nigerian. Actually my husband introduced me to your site and I must say that I am really impressed with your method of making Nigerian soups and other foods, you are just a very good cook

  2. Mirah  August 13, 2013

    Thanks for the ora soup, it is very delicious.

  3. Ken  August 13, 2013

    You are good ma! Your site is so resourceful. Please I would like to learn how to prepare nkwobi and some other Nigerian evening recipes. I would very much appreciate your feedback. Thank for the ora soup, I am from Anambra, Nigeria

  4. balo  November 3, 2013

    thanks your site have added colour to my marriage

  5. chichi  November 22, 2013

    I will try this oha soup tomorrow. thanks ma. I really are really turning ladies to wifes – loving mothers

  6. Ik  December 11, 2013

    I am very happy to know of this site.i missed my mother’s oha soup,its just my best soup.i will cook the oha soup as soon as possible.but the problem i have is where to locate oha leaves because it is very scarce at the part of nigeria i am residing,but i will try.nwaanyi oma,i meela.

  7. Oly  January 2, 2014

    Ma you are wonderful, I am very greatful for all.

  8. Ann  January 27, 2014

    Am new on this site. I can say I stumbled on it when I got frustrated on how to cook a particular meal but am grateful I did. tnk u and more inspiration. Thanks for the ofe ora

  9. Ester  February 12, 2014

    Its been so wonderful learning on how to prepare oha soup and bitter leave soup I really enjoy with my husband when I prepare it. I really appreciate ur effort on how to teach women accross on how to prepare delicious meal, I pray that the LORD will continue to strenghten u more. In JESUS name.

  10. esty  February 19, 2014

    Guess wat, I just made my first ora soup. Followed it just the way u wrote it, nd my oh my! I made it like a pro it tasted delicious. I will give the bitterleave nd nsala a try soon. U are doing a great job, keep it up.

  11. Courtney  February 20, 2014

    I’m half nigerian. My father is from the igbo tribe so I guess I’m igbo as we’ll .lol I’m trying so hArd to learn how to prepare all the foods and soups. But I’m not really familiar with the igbo recipes I thought Yoruba and igbo ate the same soups. lol I only no how to make okra , egusi and stew or jollof rice. My father is all the way in Nigeria so it’s hard for me to learn.

  12. Chy  March 2, 2014

    Courtney, thanks for your comment and welcome to the kitchen. If you want to learn about Nigerian foods, you don’t need to look elsewhere, that Is why I am here.

  13. Precious  March 9, 2014

    This site is so wonderful. I just finished the last of ora soup that i cooked and i decided to google the Ora soup and am here. You are an inspiration to ladies of today. God bless you. The only thing my hubby like about me most is cooking, wooooo, i thank God for my Mum

  14. Anowai Kingsley  May 4, 2014

    Ejim ohere a na ekele ndi tinyere ihe ndia na intaneti. Jidenu ke unu ji. Unu agbaliala. Unu mere ka m mata usoro eji esi ofe ala anyi. Ofe ora nadi m nma n’ahu nke ukwu. Imeela

    • Chy Anegbu  May 5, 2014

      😀 kingsley, you are the son of your father

    • Chioma  August 21, 2018

      Ndewo Nwanne

  15. Sola  May 31, 2014

    Oh my! My sister in South Africa referred me to your site. I decided to surprise my Igbo husband with an Igbo meal today and you should have seen the look of shock & pleasure on his face when he tasted the oha that I made. Thanks so much!

    • Chy Anegbu  June 1, 2014

      Lol!!! my dear Sola, I am happy to read your comment. keep surprising him

  16. nike  June 27, 2014

    Thank you so much. The post is very helpful.

    My husband will enjoy my soups more, from now on.


  17. Diana  July 24, 2014

    Thanks for the recipe. but the names of the vegetables needs to be translated in English.
    for me to look for them in the market

    • Chy Anegbu  July 27, 2014

      Thanks Diana for your comment, usually, you should be able to find these ingredients in any African shop, and they would understand the names.

  18. rejoice  July 24, 2014

    Its awsome its really giving me more ideas and different apporach to different dish, ma’am u re a true african woman keep it up, am very much proud of u!

  19. Kitchen member  July 27, 2014

    Coming across this site has been a great experience. Being a person that loves to cook, a website like this that offers a wide range of Nigerian recipes is totally mind blowing. The oha soup I made turned out so well. Thanks for the great work you are doing. God bless you

  20. Tessy  July 27, 2014

    Am frm d middle belt i just love trying somthing new. I think am going to give it a trial thnks, u’re doing a gud job keep it up.


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