Soups are made widely all over Africa in a variety of forms : in combination with meat , fish and vegetables. Unlike other cultures, soups are use to serve as accompaniment to most starchy side orders. These are especially prevalent in West African Countries. Here are 5 Traditional African Soups that you will want to make all year round.
1.Bitter Leaf Soup Recipe (also know as Ofe Onugbu in Nigeria) — is a robust soup loaded with assorted meats . Oh, it’s not bitter at all. Just full of deliciousness Serve with your favorite swallow. Get the recipe here.
2. Egusi aka Egwusi Soup is an exotic soup that is cooked, in various parts of West Africa and goes under different aliases. Egusi is a wild member of the gourd family, with very dry skin and bitter flesh but are extremely nutritious. This one below has lumps in it. You can get this recipe here or check out this Cabbage Egusi Soup here and this one with lumps here.
3. African Groundnut Soup — So creamy, delicious, and filling, it’s brimming with flavor and comes together quickly. An extremely rich stew with a tempting combination of flavors – garlic, ginger, herbs and of course a little bit of spice. Get your rice ready or plantains ready. Get the recipe here.
3. Pepper Soup — African pepper soup is a delightfully, intensely flavored soup that is served throughout West Africa, especially in Nigeria, Cameroon and other neighboring African countries. This one is made with chicken and is very customizable too to suit your tastes buds and availability of spice. Throw in some plantains for a one pot meal. Get the recipe here or if you prefer it with beef check it out here.
5. Cassava Leaf Soup also known as saka saka or pondu — is a simple, yet tasty and substantial soup that is widely consumed in many parts of Central Africa especially in countries like Sierra Leone, and Liberia. This Cassava Leaf soup has beef, smoked chicken, crayfish and shrimps. Serve with white rice and you’re all set! Get the recipe here.
Which one is your favorite African soup? Leave your thoughts down below. Enjoy!!