Oha Soup Recipe

Oha Soup Recipe

Oha Soup Recipe

Oha soup is a popular Nigerian dish originating from the Igbo region. It is made with a blend of ingredients, including Oha leaves, cocoyam, and various meats and spices.

Here is a detailed recipe for making Oha soup:


  • Oha leaves (2 cups, substitute with spinach if unavailable)
  • Vchunks (300 g)
  • Cocoyam (5 small)
  • Palm oil (1/4 cup)
  • Onion (finely chopped, 1)
  • Ground mushroom (1 tsp)
  • Ground pepper (adjust to taste, 1/2 tsp)
  • Ogiri Igbo (1 tsp)
  • Salt (adjust to taste)
  • Water or stock (as needed)


  1. Wash and cut the Oha leaves. Set aside.
  2. Wash and boil the cocoyam until it becomes soft. Remove the peel and blend or pound to a 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 the Oha soup hot with your choice of fufu or pounded yam.


  • Adjust 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 flavors and culture.