Cookbook:Nsala Soup

Nsala Soup
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Nsala soup, also called white soup or ofe nsala, is very popular among the Igbo people of Nigeria. It is commonly found in the Anambra state. This soup is best enjoyed with pounded yam.




  1. Blend the utazi, uziza, fresh pepper, crayfish, ogili, onion, and tomato to a smooth paste.
  2. Cook the meat for about 10 minutes. Add the dry fish, and cook until tender.
  3. Add the blended paste to the meat, and wash out with enough water depending on the quantity of soup you are preparing.
  4. Add the yam pieces, and cook for about 10 minutes until tender.
  5. Remove the yam pieces, and pound them in a mortar until totally smooth and thick.
  6. Cut the pounded yam into smaller balls, and add to the boiling meat.
  7. Cook the soup uncovered until slightly thickened.
  8. Add the fresh fish if using.
  9. Adjust seasoning with salt and Maggi as desired.
  10. Serve soup with pounded yam.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • You can use any preferred meat of your choice.