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Efo Elewuro (Yoruba Style Bitter Leaf Soup) with Garri 

This post is inspired by 1Qplatter; she recently posted bitter leaf soup recipe, the soup looked so delicious hen… I couldn’t contain myself. Inspired by her post, which is Edikang-Ikong style soup, I made some traditional Yoruba Efo Eluwuro complete with Eja gbigbe, Iru and ese Eran.


Part A

  • 4 Red bell peppers (Tatashe)
  • 1 medium onion bulb
  • 2-3 Scotch Bonnet (Ata Rodo)

Preparation: Combine all of Part A in a blender. Puree until almost smooth. Pour the mixture into a pot, place on medium heat and boil until mixture is half its original size (this is to remove excess water)

Part B 

  • 2/3 cup of palm oil
  • 1 medium onion bulb (thinly sliced)
  • 2 Tablespoon blended crayfish
  • 2 cups shredded fish (dried Catfish preferably) Washed and de-boned
  • Parboiled cow feet  6-8 pieces
  • 3 tablespoons whole locust beans (Iru)
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup red prawns
  • 2-3 cubes maggi

Part C

  • 3 cups thoroughly washed Bitter leaves  (Ewuro)
  • 2 cups prepared spinach (Efo Tete)

Spinach Preparation: place the spinach in a bowl, add ½ teaspoon of salt, cover with boiling water and place a lid over the bowl. Allow to rest for 15-20mins.  Rinse out the spinach and squeeze out all excess water.


  • Place a large pot over medium heat, add in the palm oil. Bleach the oil for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the sliced onions and fry until golden brown
  • Add in the end result of part A and the left over ingredients in part B.  Cover and leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes (The palm oil will float to the top when the sauce is ready).
  • Add in bitter leaves and spinach, combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning, leave to simmer for another 10 minutes

Serve the Soup with garri or pounded yam. Enjoy!


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By |October 15th, 2013|14 Comments

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  1. Marie-Chanteuse Manirafasha October 20, 2015 at 8:02 am - Reply

    very interessting!!! can you tell me how to do eba balls??

  2. Rachael May 8, 2015 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Very useful alternative, will try it out.

  3. preye March 17, 2015 at 9:19 am - Reply

    wat is locust bean n anoda name for spinach

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 18, 2015 at 8:02 am - Reply

      Locust beans – Iru (Yoruba) ogiri (igbo) . Spinach is green vegetable

  4. Zahra Abdallah December 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Yh!id lyk to kno how the eba balls lukd perfect.did u use plastic leather to make it smooth?It luks great by the way.

  5. Tjay September 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Awesome blog … will be working on cooking naija food … Thanks Ronke …. Justina

  6. Anonymous February 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    how did you get the ebba balls to look so perfect?

  7. Rhapsody December 31, 2013 at 11:02 am - Reply

    blessings of the season and happy new year….
    Looks good though I don’t know about some all that som’n som’n in there, (many things I don’t eat). Still its a feast to the eyes.


  8. farida December 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Nice website. Loving it

  9. seyi November 5, 2013 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Oh boy!I have to prepare this meal tommorrow. Its been awhile. How come you didn’t add any tomatoes,is that better?

  10. naijabe November 3, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

    looks yummy, never knew there was a yoruba version of bitter leaf soup. great picture!

  11. fluffycutething October 21, 2013 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Great post as always! i was rather amused by the ‘eba balls’ 

    i was also hoping you’d detail how to prepare the bitter leaf, or do we just pluck off the tree, rinse, shred and toss in d soup? i think my mum used to scrub or so… not even sure sef

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Fluffy!!! you can buy pre washed bitter leaves in the market, the washing is rather tedious.
      If you want to wash it yourself…. you cut the leaves and add in water, rub the leaves with your hands (as you would to peel beans), rinse and repeat until you get rid of all the foaming float.

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