Efo Riro is a popular Nigerian vegetable soup. 'Efo' means vegetable in Yoruba hence the name simply means vegetable soup in West Africa. Below is our basic traditional YORUBA version (with hints and tips for the tonnes of variations available) of this awesome recipe.
HOW TO COOK EFO RIRO SOUP
MORE INFORMATION AND TIPS
1) Do not add tomatoes in this soup. The red color in the soup is derived from the red bell pepper and the palm oil. Tomatoes is a no no!
2) The distinct flavour of this soup is derived from the locust beans and the palm oil. Do not skim these two ingredients for the authentic taste of the soup!
3) Although Efo riro is called a soup, this soup dish is drip free and should not be watery!
4) The most popular vegetable options for making this soup are pumpkin leaves (ugu) but you can substitute with spinach/soko OR you can also mix together the pumpkin & spinach leaves. Or why not try a mixture of spinach and Efirin. It is a personal preference or use what you got!
5) Egusi soup can be served with yam, plantain, fufu, rice or accompany any swallow/anything of your choice.