Efo Riro is a very popular Yoruba soup in Nigeria. The name ‘efo’ means vegetables, hence it is a Yoruba rich vegetable soup/stew.
Here are the ingredients for making efo riro, I think it would take a little over 30 mins for preparing the ingredients and then the actual cooking takes about 60 minutes. As usual, the ingredients below can serve just about 5-6 people, you can increase or decrease depending.
Ingredients Include: (for 5-6 People)
Sliced Spinach leaves (7-10 cups)7-10 pieces stock fish ear, assorted meat (1KG)
1 cup of sliced tatashe, quater cup of sliced pepper, half cup of sliced onions
Half Cup of Ground Crayfish, 2-3 spoons of iru (locust beans) smoked fish (2-3 medium) Palm oil (200ml)3 knorr cubes. Here are some of the ingredients for making efo riro, top left is smoked fish, followed by sliced onion at top middle, then 3 spoons of iru in a plate. Picture below is sliced spinach and pepper/tashe at left and right.
Preparation:Use either tatashe or shobo, about 5-10, slice alongside the fresh red pepper and transfer in a bowl, this improves the look of the soup at the end of the day. Wash meat thoroughly with lots of water and salt to remove sand then be sure to also wash the smoked fish if you are making efo riro soup with fish.
Step 1….Place the washed meat in a pot, add a little of water, season with salt, sliced onions, 2 knorr cube and allow to boil for 10-15 minutes, add 1-2 cups of water and cook till tender and the water is almost dried. Add the smoked fish, stock fish, add a cup of water and cook for another 10-15 minutes depending on the hardness of your stock fish, you need to know that people like them better when they are very soft. The water should be almost dried, don’t allow to burn.
Step 2…Remove the pot from heat, place another pot on heat and pour in some palm oil, 200ml. Allow to heat before adding the sliced onions, pepper/tatashe, stir and allow to fry for another ten minutes while stirring occasionally to avoidburning.
Step3…Add he cooked meat/stock fish/smoked fish, stir and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, add the crayfish, iru, stir and allow another 3 minutes. Add a cube of maggi, salt to taste, stir and add the spinach leaves. Stir all together and allow to simmer for another 3-5 minutes and you just made a delicious pot of efo riro
Step4…This is how to make efo riro soup in Nigeria, please serve with Eba, Pounded yam, rice, beans, Semolina, Amala etc.