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How to cook the Nigerian Pepper Soup

he Nigerian Pepper soup is a popular Nigerian soup recipe. It is such a versatile recipe as it can be prepared with

different types of meat and fish. Thus there is the Chicken Pepper Soup, the Catfish Pepper Soup (popularly known as Point & Kill), the Goat Meat Pepper Soup, the Cow Leg Pepper Soup and the Assorted Beef Pepper Soup. Nigerian Pepper Soup [Video] People usually go to exclusive bars or restaurants to eat the Pepper Soup. This is because this Nigerian soup recipe is believed to be prepared with 'secret' ingredients that only the restaurant Madams know about. Yes, the Pepper Soup ingredient which gives this recipe its unique aroma and taste, is truly the best kept secret. But our job here at All Nigerian Food Recipes is to expose all Nigerian food recipes and cooking secrets so that you can prepare them right inside your own kitchen whenever you want to.

Ingredients for Pepper Soup

Ehu or Ariwo or Calabash Nutmeg - 4 seeds Chilli Pepper (to taste) Dry Uziza - 2 teaspoons (optional) Onions - 2 medium bulbs Crayfish - 2 tablespoons of ground Crayfish Salt - to taste Seasoning - 3 Maggi / Knorr cubes & 1 teaspoon of Thyme

Chicken | Goat Meat | Cow Leg | Assorted Beef - 1 kg

Tools I used
Cooker: Buy it in USA | in UK Pot: Buy it in USA | in UK Spice grinder for grinding Ehu seeds: Buy it in USA | in UK Spatula: Buy it in USA | in UK Chopping board: Buy it in USA | in UK Knives: Buy it in USA | in UK

Before you cook the Nigerian Pepper Soup

1. 2. 3. If preparing Chicken pepper Soup, it is preferable to use whole chicken instead of drumsticks. The different parts of the chicken will bring variety to the pepper soup. So wash and cut up the whole chicken and set aside. If you want to prepare Assorted Beef Pepper Soup then you should buy different parts of beef - best cut, offal (shaki, round-about, liver and kidney). Wash the offal thoroughly especially the round-about which should be turned inside out during the washing. Cut these into medium pieces, just big enough to be chewed in one go. For Goat Meat Pepper Soup and Cow Leg Pepper Soup, just wash and cut the goat meat or cow leg into medium pieces. In this case also, make the pieces just big enough that it can be chewed in one go.


Now it is time to prepare the 'secret' ingredient. Using an old frying pan, roast the Ehu seeds (stirring constantly) till you can smell it. Don't worry you will know when it is OK to take it off because it has a distinctive aroma. Another way to know that it is OK is to take one of the seeds and try to remove the outer membrane. If the membrane comes off easily, then the Ehu is done.

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Peel off the membrane from all the Ehu seeds and grind with a dry mill. Cut the onions into tiny pieces. Rub the dry uziza with your fingers to break them into tiny pieces.

Cooking Directions
1. 2. This cooking direction describes Chicken Pepper Soup. To prepare Goat Meat Pepper Soup, Cow Leg Pepper just substitute chicken with goat meat, cow leg or beef and offal respectively. Soup or Assorted Beef Pepper Soup

Place the pieces of chicken in a pot and pour enough water to cover the contents of the pot. Add the stock cubes, thyme and onions and cook till done. Note: When cooking Assorted Beef Pepper Soup, you should cook the shaki for sometime before adding the other beef parts. Shaki is tough and will take longer to cook than the other beef parts. Cow leg is a tough meat part so when cooking Cow Leg Pepper Soup, you should use a pressure cooker if you have one. This will save you some gas or electricity.

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By now, you will notice that some of the water has dried. Add more water to bring it to the level of the contents of the pot. Add the ground Ehu, crayfish, dry uziza, chilli pepper and salt to taste. Ehu has some spicy taste so you should add chilli pepper with care. Even though it is called pepper soup, you still want to be able to taste and enjoy the recipe itself. Too much chilli pepper will ruin it for you. Cover the pot and leave to boil for 5 minutes and the pepper soup is ready. Pepper Soup should always be served hot. It can be eaten alone with a chilled drink by the side. You can also eat it with Agidi, White Rice or Boiled Yam.

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ice With Gravy And Uziza Chicken

Pepper soup

Salted boiled rice served with shredded chicken gravy Ingredients for uziza chicken pepper soup: Chicken parts like legs, wings, gizzard and *other parts that were left after using the meaty parts for my shredded chicken gravy.* Uziza leaves pepper onion salt knorr cubes water pounded irish potatoes

chicken pepper soup cooked with uziza and served with boiled rice For how to make shredded chicken gravy, GO HERE and HERE

boiling irish potato in the rice to use as a thickener

boiling chicken with knorr seasoning, salt, and onion

boiling pepper soup parts after using meaty parts for shredded chicken sauce

pounding boiled Irish potatoes

smooth elastic irish potatoes to thicken the pepper soup a little

adding pounded irish potatoes and ground pepper to the pepper soup

adding uziza vegetables to the pepper soup How To Cook Uziza Pepper Soup: 1. The washed chicken parts are boiled with salt, seasoning cubes and chopped onion, they are covered and brought to a boil, CHECK FOR SALT 2. ground pepper and pounded irish potatoes (small quantity) are added and allowed to boil for about 5 minutes.

3. The uziza was the last thing to be added and allowed to boil for another 4 minutes before turning off the heat. 4. Serve pepper soup hot. I did not add pepper soup spices here because I wanted the pepper soup exclusively for boiled rice.

Boiling pepper soup allowed to simmer NOTE: Too much Irish potatoes can make your pepper soup too thick. A little is just right! Vegetables should be used sparingly in pepper soups. Too much will give you a pot of vegetable soup.

well cooked chicken pepper soup for boiled rice

hot boiled rice with vegetable sauce and pepper soup

a plate of rice, sauce and chicken pepper soup

well cooked, well eaten!

gigantic chicken soft leg in the plate of rice, YUMMY! Did you know that there are so many thickeners you can use for your Nigerian soups?


pounded yam

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pounded cocoyam pounded irish potatoes baking flour corn flour pounded boiled rice etc etc.

Uziza leaves are hot, so, it is best not to add too much pepper. Enjoy!