Last year I reached out to one of my followers on Instagram because I saw her post about making Owo soup. There were comments that testified to the goodness of her Owo soup so I decided to ask her for a recipe and one year later here we are. She sent in her recipe and pictures and I decided to make the soup myself today and I loved it. I could not stop licking my plate. I took some pictures as well in addition to her pictures. Hope you enjoy this soup as I did.
Hey Afrolemers, LoL I’m Tajé
I had mentioned to Afrolems about a year ago that I knew how to make Owo in passing during a convo we had. Only for her to contact me almost a year later to make Owo for a feature on her blog. I was surprised she even remembered but of course I agreed. I love to cook and this is the perfect excuse to make Owo (which isn’t the healthiest of options).
1 cup of Garri
2 tablespoons of starch
1/2 cup of crayfish,
10 medium pieces of beef
5 pieces of roasted cow hide (Kpomo)
I medium dry fish
1 tablespoon of grounded dry pepper, & Cameroonian pepper for that flavor kick
1 teaspoon full of potash
50 CL of naturally processed Palm Oil (naturally processed Palm oil is considered the healthier option)
2 seasoning cubes
Salt to taste
1 small chopped onion (back in the days onion wasn’t used simply because it was a luxury. As a matter of fact if an elderly person tasted your Owo and chomped on onions she’ll scold you. Lol so chop it down properly it gives a nice flavor)
3 pieces of Uda (Pepper soup spice) – deseeded
Pour the garri in a bowl and fill it up with 75cl of water.
Wash your beef, snails and kpomo, put in a pot and season with chopped onion, seasoning cubes, dry pepper and a pinch of salt. Add 2 liters of water and bring to boil.
Cook for 20 -30 minutes checking that your meats are soft, then add the crayfish, dry fish, the Uda and palm oil.
Cook for a further 20 minutes, turn down the heat and add the soaked garri to the soup stirring to make sure no lumps form.
Add the ground potash and stir. Do not cover the pot after adding the potash allow the ‘science’ take place (this is were it starts to smell and look like owo).
Mix the starch with 25cl of water and pour into the soup while stirring. Let it cook for further 5 minutes, taste for salt and take it off the burner. Do not cover the soup until it cools.
And voila you have made a delicious pot of Owo Soup.
If you have questions about the recipe, follow Tajé on Instagram to find out more
I decided to try the recipe and here are my pictures. I may have been impatient in letting it thicken hence the bubbles but it was delicious.