Omoyele (Ogbono soup aka draw soup) is one of the most popular soups in Esanland. Here, you will learn how to make this delicious soup and why it falls into the list of Esan popular soups. This soup is actually easy to prepare because almost all of its ingredients could be prepared by traders in the market, making it very easy for the cook.
What you find blow is a delicious plate of ogbono soup, I used just a handful of Okpan leaves. Although, most people prefer this soup without leaves, You can substitute different leaves for most Esan soups, this soup can also be made with fluted pumpkin leaves. S0 you can go ahead and experiment wildly!
Here are all the ingredients for making Ogbono Soup in some parts of Esan, it would serve about 6 persons (the remainder could be refrigerated for up to two weeks) Meat of choice (beef, chicken, turkey or assorted meat) 1 cups of oyele (ogbono seeds)
Stock fish head (medium size)
2 medium size dry fish
1 cup of crayfish (blended)
Fluted pumpkin (a bunch), okpan
2 raps of ugbore (local ingredients) locust beans (optional) 10 to 15cl of palm oil About 1 liters of water
salt and pepper to taste. Assorted meat is always preferred above all other types of meat in esan . This is just different parts of a cow, from the intestine to the tripes (shaki), kidney, liver, heart and also red meat (beef), bush meat.
Like I stated above. This soup is very easy to prepare, you can grind/blend oyele (ogbono seeds) with a blender or hand grinding machine. This can either be done at home or by the trader who sold it to you in the market (if you live in Nigeria/esanland).
Selecting the right oyele (Ogbono seed) and other ingredients.
Most people don’t know the difference between the authentic and the fake oyele (ogbono seeds), the best approach would be to buy from a trusted trader. Although there is just very little difference between the two, the only difference is that one has better elasticity
Another ingredient that has a direct effect on any Esan soup is the kind of dry fish used, My mother like to use the round dry catfish . It is sold in most Nigerian/esan market