This meal is native to the Igbos. Despite the name “Bitterleaf soup” if well prepared should have the faintest hint of bitterness. The less bitter the soup, the better the cooking prowess of the Chef!
Washed and squeezed bitterleaf - A handful
|Cocoyam – 10 small corms|
|Red Palm Oil – 2 cooking spoons (You may need a bit more)|
|Assorted Beef – Includes best cut, shaki (cow tripe)|
|Assorted Fish – Dry Fish and Stock Fish|
|Pepper, Salt and Ground Crayfish (to taste)|
Seasoning – 3 Maggi or Knorr cubes
Traditional Seasoning: Iru or Ogiri - 1 teaspoon
Before you cook Bitterleaf Soup
Make sure that the bitter leaves are well washed, such that there is no trace of bitterness left. If not, wash and squeeze it more. If the bitterness cannot be completely washed off (which is usually the case with most washed bitter leaves sold in the market), boil it for about 15 minutes and wash in cold water.
How to pound cocoyam
Wash and cook the cocoyam till soft. Remove the peels and use a mortar and pestle to pound the corms to a smooth paste.
Note: If the bitter leaves were parboiled to remove the bitterness, then for this step; add pepper, ground crayfish, the cocoyam paste (in small lumps), the bitter leaves and the palm oil. In other words, add all the ingredients at this stage.
3. Cover the pot and leave to cook on high heat till all the cocoyam lumps have dissolved. You can add more water if you feel that the soup is too thick.
4. Add salt to taste and the soup is ready