How to Prepare Ewedu Soup (Recipe)

Ewedu Amala and Gbegiri

This recipe for Ewedu soup is more like a sequel to my post on the health benefits of Ewedu. It was going to be a part of the post until I spoke with a friend who suggested I could treat the Ewedu recipe as a separate subject on its own. He was right, this is a topic that should be talked about on its own because of this believe an appreciable number of people have about Ewedu.

Preparing Ewedu And What Some People Believe

Just like my 36 year old client perceived Ewedu as a difficult vegetable to prepare, a handful of people seem to believe same. Far from it, it is clearly simple to prepare. Follow the simple steps below and you are good to go.

Ewedu Amala and Gbegiri
Photo Credit: 9jaFoodie

Ingredients For Cooking Ewedu Soup

The following are what you need to cook Ewedu soup. Some of these are optional as you do not need to add them to get the perfect Ewedu that draws and produce the attractive green colour we love.

  • Ewedu leaves
  • A dash of potash (Optional)
  • Locust beans (Optional )
  • Cray fish (Optional )
  • Salt
  • Water (Depending on the quantity of Ewedu you want to cook)

Step by Step Method of Preparing Ewedu

The following are the steps involved in cooking one of the most famous draw soups in Nigeria – Ewedu.

  • Ensure you pick your Ewedu leaves properly, wash the picked leaves with clean water and drain the water.
  • Add water to your cooking pot and place on cooker (Low heat)
  • Add a dash of potash to the water to help soften the leaves.
  • As the water boils up under low heat, add your Ewedu leaves
  • Cook for about 10 minutes to 15 minutes. Avoid colour discolouration.
  • Take it off the fire and use a blender or broom to whisk it.
  • After it had been properly whisked, place back on cooker, add a pinch of salt, locust bean and crayfish as you would prefer.
  • Cook for a minute or two….YOUR EWEDU IS DONE AND READY TO BE SERVED.

ALSO SEE: Numerous Health Benefits of Ewedu You Don’t Know

That is how to prepare Ewedu soup and of course, you can be adventurous with your method of cooking Ewedu and I am certain you and your family will love it. Do not forget to share this article.

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Oladipupo Abioye
Oladipupo is a Pediatric Nutritionist with Lagos State Ministry of Health. He is an adventurous foodie and loves to teach and render presentations on foods and nutritional topics at different symposia. He loves Messi but Chelsea FC is his baby.


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  1. Please I am an igbo. Tell me the english name of ewedu leaves so that i can recognize it when i see it.

  2. Please I am an igbo. Tell me the english name of ewedu leaves so that i can recognize it when i see it. Again, is it good to fry with palm oil? Thanks.

  3. You can’t cook it and blend later,is either you blend it before you put it on fire, or you cook it for some minutes then you whisk by using your cooking broom(ijabe). Also you might not need to add potash to it, that’s if you blend it because it’ll still draw, but if you’re whisking it potash my require so that it can draw. Thanks for the post, it’s worth sharing.

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