While in school, one of the things I miss most is the food and the favourite of all, which I can I only describe as divine, is Efo Riro (vegetable soup). I never get tired of it. The aroma alone is enough to make you salivate without seeing it and when you participate in the cooking, you get to appreciate it more. No wonder the Yorubas tell a man who worships his wife”O ti jefo”(he has eaten vegetable soup).
Its doesn’t take long to prepare and you can make a pot of sumptuous Efo Riro with less than 500 naira. You have variety of vegetables to pick from and you can decide to mix them. This is usually referred to as Edikan ikong in the Igbo tribe. You can eat it with rice or any swallow of your choice. And to top it all, the health benefits are without bounds. You get to enjoy your meal with no worry. Lest I forget, eating porridge with efo riro is really tasty (try it if you haven’t).
For those who don’t know the vegetable to ask for in the market their popular names include Efo Tete, Gbagba, Soko, Ugwu(forgive my limited knowledge, feel free to drop the ones you know in the comment section).
The basic ingredients are: locust beans, palm oil, onions, red pepper(ata rodo), salt, maggi and of course the vegetable(s). Now you can decide to add stock fish, meat, ponmo, crayfish as you so desire.
1. Place a pot over medium heat, add the palm oil. Heat oil until a little smoky.
2. Add in the sliced onions and fry until lightly browned. Add the local Iru (you can decide to add the water from the Iru).
3. Add the ground pepper, your meat, fish, Pomo (optional)and then salt and maggi for taste. Cover and let it cook for some minutes (The palm oil will float to the top when the sauce is ready).
4. Add in the vegetable(you may want to remove the fish before stiring). Taste and adjust for seasoning.
5. Leave to simmer for another 3- 5 more minutes.Our Efo Riro is ready.
Stay Yummy fellas!
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