How To Prepare Oha (Ora) Soup

How To Prepare a Delicious Oha Soup


Oha(ora) soup is a native to the south Eastern Nigeria. Its a traditional soup similar to bitterleaf soup when prepared with cocoa yam but cooked with oha leaves.


  • Oha leaves (2 handful)
  • Cocoa yam (thickener) or 5 tablespoon of grinded achi.
  • Goat meat, cow meat or chicken
  • Ogiri
  • Smoked cat fish 
  • Ground crayfish
  • 1 big stockfish head 
  • 30cl of palm oil
  • Salt
  • Seasoning cubes


  1. Wash the cocoa yam properly, boil it with enough water till it is soft. Peel the back with a knife and pound the cocoa yam until it is smooth. You can either buy grinded achi at the market for alternative thickener.
  2. Wash the stockfish and smoked cat fish with water and salt. Then soak them in hot water in a different plates.
  3. Remove the oha leaves from the stem and shred the leaves with your hand.
  4. Boil the meats with curry, thyme, seasoning cubes and salt for about 20 mins. Add the stock fish and cat fish and allow to boil for another 10 mins.
  5. Add palm oil, cray fish, ogiri, salt (for taste) seasoning cubes and dry Pepper. Mix properly and allow to boil for another 8 mins 
    How To Prepare a Delicious Oha Soup
  6. Then add the thickener, mix properly and allow the thickener to dissolve in the soup. Then allow to boil for like 5 mins.
  7. Then add the oha leaves. Allow to boil for another 2 mins.
    How To Prepare a Delicious Oha Soup
  8. Your oha soup is ready and can be served with Eba, Fufu, Semovita etc.