Bitter Leaf is the leaves of a small green shrub. And it is also called Vernonia, it is found all over Africa.
Bitter leaves are bitter and delicious! The leaf can be used fresh or dried. But it is also known as Orugbo, Ewuro, Mojunso, etc.
The plants are from different species. It is used in various Nigerian dishes. It is rich in vitamins A, C, E, B1 and B2.
Bitter Leaf Soup – Onugbu
1kg of assorted meat (Beef, oxtail, shaki, cow leg, goat meat)
I medium smoked fish
I big size stockfish
100 grams of ground Crayfish
2 Maggi cubes
1 big sized onion
2 table spoon of Asiko chilli pepper
10 table spoon of red palm oil
2 medium sized white cocoyam
Dried bitter leaf
Salt – ½ tea spoon
1 table spoon of dried curry powder
½ tea spoon dried thyme leaves
10 cups of water
Cooking Time : 90 minut
First of all, soaked the stockfish overnight. Add cut and soaked stockfish into pot. Allow to boil for 5 – 10 minutes. Put in a medium sized pot. Add a cup or two of water. Also two Maggi seasonings cubes. Also add onion, salt, and sprinkle of curry powder. About ½ table spoon of dried thyme leaves. Bring to boil for about 20 minutes. Put your smoked fish. Bring to the boil.
Add more water in pot. Now, add 1 or 2 table spoons of Asiko chilli pepper. Also add the dried leaf. Allow to boil for 3 – 5 minutes.
Add palm oil. Also add cooked and mashed cocoyam. Or a sprinkle of garri.
Also add salt and pepper. Allow to cook for 10 minutes.
Finally, your bitter leaf soup is ready to eat.
Bitter leaf soup are often eaten or served with pounded yam, semolina or eba.