How to cook Efo Riro with pounded yam – the best Nigerian Yoruba soup

Love Nigerian cuisine? Learn how to make one of the best soups ever - Efo Riro!

Nigerian cuisine is unique and various. There are so many interesting, tasty and healthy dishes, created by the native tribes of country. One of popular ones is Efo Riro – a Yoruba soup. Let’s find out everything concerning its benefits and ways of cooking.

How to cook Efo Riro

Yoruba cuisine and Efo Riro

How to cook Efo Riro and fufu

It is an essential part of culture for this ethnic group. The most popular food here is pounded yam. It is used for cooking many different dishes. Other popular foods are Amala, eba, semo, fufu, Moin moin, and so on.

Efo RIro is famous soup cooked by Yoruba tribe people. However, it is also cooked in various parts of Nigeria, in different states and tribes, and even abroad. It can be eaten with fufu, eba, amala or iyan (other popular meals). So, let’s get some tips on how to prepare tasty and yummy Efor Riro soup.

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How can you cook Efo Riro with spinach?

nigerian spinach soup

First, prepare all the ingredients for your Efo Riro recipe. Here's the list of groceries and ingredients you need:

  • spinach leaves (sliced 10 cups),
  • stock fish ear (10 pieces),
  • assorted meat (1 kilo),
  • sliced tatashe (1 cup),
  • sliced pepper (1/4 cup),
  • onions (sliced, 1/2 cup),
  • Ground Crayfish (1/2 cup),
  • iru (locust beans, 3 spoons),
  • smoked fish (3 medium-sized),
  • palm oil (200 ml)
  • Knorr (3 cubes).

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Preparation of Efo Riro Egusi recipe:

Efo Riro Egusi recipe

  • Wash the meat and put into pot.
  • Add salt, a little bit of water, onions, and Knorr cubes.
  • Boil for about 15 minutes.
  • Add 2 glasses of water and cook until water is almost dried.
  • Add smoked fish, stock fish and a glass of water.
  • Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Take the other pot and pour palm oil on it.
  • Heat your pot, put sliced onion and pepper/tatashe.
  • Mix everything and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add cooked meat/stock fish/smoked fish, mix and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add crayfish and iru, mix and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Add salt and spinach.

You may serve it with Eba, Pounded yam, rice, beans, Semolina, Amala or any other similar Nigerian Food.

Health benefits of Efo Riro (African spinach soup)

efo riro benefits

The described Yoruba dish isn't only delicious, but also extremely helpful for your health. Let’s consider the main advantages:

  • It is nutritious.
  • It's full of vitamins.
  • The vegetables contain plenty of healthy things.
  • Soup is helpful for your stomach.

This dish is really popular in modern Nigeria. Even celebrities like to cook it for their families. For instance, one of the prominent Nigerian actresses – Tonto Dikeh makes it for her beloved husband. One of the pictures of her Efo Riro soups is available on the Internet (in her Instagram).

tokno dikeh efo roro

Well, try to cook and taste this native Nigerian dish. It is delicious and healthy. Your family will appreciate it by all means!


Another interesting recipe Nigerian cuisine, I can surprise your loved ones. For me the main thing that the food was not only tasty, well designed, but also nutritious, with a lot of vitamins. Also, very useful soups, vegetables and the presence in them - especially. In addition, celebrities prefer this dish, on this, I will try to prepare this yummy, rich in vitamins. This dish contains not only assorted meat, but meat and fish, which for the growing organism is very useful. The only worry for the sharpness to the soup subray too peppered.

Answered 1 year ago.

Cuisine Nigerian cuisine besides a large number of spices and condiments rich in oil, especially palm and peanut oil. Entrees and sauces in the Nigerian cuisine are important, always served hot, and are particularly acute. A special place in the Nigerian cuisine are the appetizers, of which there are many and they are extremely diverse. The most popular rice snacks, in particular so-called coconut rice, which is prepared by mixing regular rice with coconut milk. Another popular snack based on rice is Rice Jollof, which is a mixture of cooked rice, with tomatoes, Luke, red pepper, and palm oil, sometimes add other seasonings and vegetables.

Answered 1 year ago.
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