Eru Soup (Spinach/Okazi leaves) - healthy satisfying Cameroonian green dish loaded with other protein and aromatics that will make you sing for joy. Best paired with your favorite starchy sides!
2poundsmeat(beef, tripe, cow skin, smoked turkey)
1 1/2poundsdried fish
2-4 cupspalm oil , you can use half corn oil and half palm oil
5-6cupsDried chopped Ukazi
2poundsof frozen spinach
Salt and pepper
Scotch bonnet pepperoptional
Cut the beef in 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 to get soft) in a . 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 hot water in a bowl to tenderize the leaves for approximately 10- 15 minutes. Rinse and drain
Add the assorted meats - beef, cow skin, tripe a 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 tablespoon bouillon/ Maggi at this point stir, let it cook on medium heat (approximately 10 minutes).
Add 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 .)