How To Prepare The Igbo’s ‘Ilasa Soup'(Ora)

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Ilasa soup is native soup, peculiar to the Igbo-Ora people of Oyo state. Indigenes of Igbo-Ora claim that the meal eaten with yam or cassava fufu will guarantee a woman’s delivery of twins

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Most people of Igboora community say Ilasa soup is responsible for their twin births



Egusi (ground)

Akaun (Potash)

Iru (Locust beans)

Smoked fish

Okra leaves (tenderly plucked)

Salt and seasoning cube

“Water from the south west”

1. Wash and separate the pieces of fish.

2. Fill a pot with 4 cups of “water from the south western part of Nigeria” and boil. After it has started boiling, add the potash and locust beans.

3. While this is boiling, pluck the okra leaves. The technique for plucking the leaves to not to pull directly from the stem but give a space between stem and leaf before pulling. Gather the plucked leaves and slice.

4. Add the leaves into the soup pot and use your ewedu broom to mix as you would do ewedu.

5. After this, add the ground egusi and allow to boil for a bit before mixing, else the melon will not set.

 It is ready to be served with amala, eba or pounded yam.

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