Ofe Nsala

"Ofe Nsala is a delightful Nigerian soup featuring a unique blend of enoki mushrooms, ground mushroom, and optional jackfruit, offering a rich and flavorful experience. Seasoned with spices and herbs like uziza seeds (Piper guineense) and utazi (Bushbuck) leaves. This dish is aromatic and delicious. Serve it hot with fufu or pounded yam for an authentic taste of Nigerian cuisine.

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


Servings: 1
  • 500g
    Jackfruit optional
  • 10g
    Dry enoki mushroom 
  • 1 cup
    Yam slices optional, for thickness
  • 1 cup
    Ground mushroom 
  • 1/2 tsp
    Ground pepper (chili or scotch bonnet)
  • 1 tsp
    Uziza (Piper guineense) seeds Optional, for flavor
  • 1 handful
    Utazi leaves
  • 1/2 tsp
    Locust beans 
  • Salt Adjust to taste
  •  Water


  1. Boil the enoki mushroom in a large pot with enough water. Add the onion, ground pepper and salt to season it. Cook for 5 minutes

  2. Peel and slice the yam into thin rounds While the mushroom is cooking.

  3. Add these yam slices to the pot to help thicken the soup. Cook until the yam is soft and disintegrates into the soup.

  4. Add the ground mushroom, locust beans and uziza seeds. Stir and let it simmer for a few minutes, then add the Jackfruit.

  5. Season with more salt if needed. Let the soup simmer for 10-15 minutes to let the flavors meld together.

  6. Add the utazi leaves for garnish and additional flavor. You can also add more uziza seeds if you want a stronger flavor.

  7. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Serve your Ofe Nsala hot with fufu, pounded yam, or your preferred side dish.

  8. Enjoy your delicious Ofe Nsala!


Exercise caution with ingredient amounts for the Ofe Nsala recipe, as variations can impact the taste and consistency of this unique Nigerian soup. Adjust carefully to your preference to achieve your culinary creation’s desired flavour profile and texture.


Courses: Nigerian Meals
Cuisines: Nigerian
Keywords: Homemade ground mushroom soup, How to make Ofe Nsala
Difficulty: Level 2 (average)
Cooking time: 30-45 minutes
Season: General
Number ingredients: 10-15 ingredients
Taste: Savory, Spicy
Preparation method: Cooking
Type of dish: Soup
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge

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Bola Adeyanju