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Eru Soup (Spinach/Okazi leaves)

Eru Soup (Spinach/Okazi leaves) is a healthy satisfying Cameroonian green dish loaded with other protein and aromatics that will make your tastebuds sing for joy. Best paired with any of your favorite starchy sides!
Course Main
Cuisine African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 -8 people
Calories 409kcal
Author Imma

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds meat (beef, tripe, cow skin, smoked turkey)
  • 1 ½ pounds dried fish
  • ¼ chopped onion
  • 2-4 cups palm oil , you can use half corn oil and half palm oil
  • ½ cup ground crayfish
  • 5-6 cups dried chopped Ukazi
  • 2 pounds of frozen spinach
  • 2 Maggi/bouillon powder
  • salt and pepper
  • Scotch bonnet pepper optional

Instructions

  • Cut the beef into bite-size chunks, season with salt, Maggi, and onions, and cook until tender. Do the same with cow skin ( they are tough so they take a longer time to get soft). Use very little water while cooking the meat because eru does not need a lot of water. However, make sure you have at least 2 to 3 cups of stock from the beef to use in cooking this dish.
  • While the meat is cooking, soak the dried Okazi/Eru leaves in a bowl of hot water to tenderize the leaves - for approximately 10- 15 minutes. Rinse and drain.
  • Add the assorted meats - beef, cow skin, tripe, and dried fish/ turkey to a large stock pot with at least 2 cups of stock. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the frozen spinach and add to the pot of assorted meat and fish. Add crayfish and 2 tablespoons of bouillon/ Maggi at this point. Stir and let it cook on medium heat (approximately 10 minutes).
  • Add the shredded Ukazi/Eru leaves, and red oil. Stir again thoroughly making sure all the contents in the pot blend together. Simmer for another 10 minutes, add stock /water if needed. The fragrant smell that erupts from the dish lets you know it is time to eat.
  • Season to taste with salt and more Maggi as needed. ( I usually season my food with salt and Maggie as the dish progresses.)

Notes

  • Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used in the recipe.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 64g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 1478mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 17785IU | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 4.3mg