Oha Soup

Indulge in the rich flavors of Nigerian cuisine with this Oha soup recipe. Featuring tender Vchunks and a blend of Oha leaves, cocoyam, and aromatic spices, this soup is a delightful and hearty dish. Serve it hot with your preferred fufu or pounded yam for a satisfying meal.

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


Servings: 1
  • 2 cups
    Oha leaves substitute with spinach if unavailable
  • 300 g
  • 5 small
  •  1/4 cup
    Palm oil
  • 1
    Onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsps
    Ground mushroom 
  • 1 tsp
    Ground pepper Adjust to taste
  • 1/2 tsp
    Ogiri Igbo 
  •  Salt Adjust to taste
  • Water or stock


  1. Wash and cut the Oha leaves. And set aside.

  2. Wash and boil the cocoyam till it becomes soft. Remove the peel and blend or pound to smooth paste.

  3. Cook the Vchunks with chopped onions and water until tender in a pot.

  4. Add palm oil to a separate pot and heat it until it becomes clear (not smoking).

  5. Add the ground mushroom and pepper to the palm oil and stir.

  6. Pour the cooked Vchunks and its stock into the pot with the palm oil mixture.

  7. Add the ogiri, stir well and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, then add the cocoyam paste for thickness.

  8. Add the chopped Oha leaves (or spinach) and stir gently. Let the soup simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until the leaves are wilted and tender.

  9. Season with salt to taste and adjust the spiciness if needed.

  10. Serve your Oha soup hot with your choice of fufu or pounded yam.


Enhance the flavour of your Oha soup by adjusting the seasoning and spice levels according to your taste. Be careful not to overheat or burn the palm oil. Enjoy the heartwarming taste of this traditional Nigerian soup, a true celebration of flavours and culture.


Courses: Nigerian Meals, Soups
Cuisines: Nigerian
Keywords: How to make Oha soup, Nigerian Oha soup
Difficulty: Level 2 (average)
Cooking time: 45-60 minutes
Season: General
Number ingredients: 5-10 ingredients
Taste: Savory, Spicy
Preparation method: Cooking
Type of dish: accompaniments, Soup
Others: Child Friendly
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge

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