Hurray! It’s the weekend! Perfect time to try new food. Well, afang soup is not new to me but I have not eaten it for a very long time due to the fact that it is a Nigerian meal which is made mainly with afang leaf and waterleaf; and waterleaf is hard to come by in the United states. Luckily for me, while discussing with a friend last night, I got to find out that spinach can actually be used in place of waterleaf to make afang soup. And I decided to give it a try!
Afang soup is a Nigerian soup peculiar to people from Cross River and Akwai Ibom states in Nigeria. It is mainly made with GNETUM AFRICANUM. GNETUM AFRICANUM is called Afang or Okazi leaf by Nigerians. It is a very good source of calcium, dietary fibre, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, cysleine, protein, potassium, vitamins, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganesse, leucine and essential amino acids that are needed by the body.
Isn’t this amazing? You get to take in all of these just from eating this soup!
So, let’s get right into it.
- Spinach (or Waterleaf)
- Red palm oil
- Shrimps (Optional)
- Goat meat (Use whatever meat you prefer)
- Dried fish (Optional)
Step 1: wash, and add salt, pepper, onions, and seasoning to meat and dried fish. Cover the pot and allow it cook with the water from the meat until the water dries out. This helps to make the seasoning go deep into the meat to give it a good taste. When the water dries out, add some water to it and allow it cook till it’s soft.
Step 2: While the meat is cooking, wash, chop and blend the onions and pepper.
Step 3: Wash and slice the Spinach
Step 4: Wash and grate the afang leaf
Step 5: When the meat and fish are soft enough, add red palm oil, cover the pot and allow it cook for a while to eliminate the red palm oil taste. Add the shrimps, cover the pot and let it cook for about 3 minutes.
Step 6: Add blended onions and pepper, crayfish and more salt and seasoning (if needed) to taste.
Step 7: Add afang, cover the pot and allow it cook for 3-5 minutes
Step 8: Add the sliced spinach, cover the pot and allow it cook for 3 minutes. Then stir thoroughly. Please make sure you do not have much water in the soup before adding spinach, to avoid the soup being watery.
Voila! Afang soup is ready! Enjoy with pounded yam, fufu, wheat, semovita or garri
Thank you for coming to my e-Kitchen. lol. Make sure to leave a comment, share, and please send me feedback if you give this a try.