Bitter Leaf is one of the favorite Nigerian soup recipes. It is a famous Nigerian traditional soup. This nutritious and tasty soup dish is primarily native to the Eastern Nigeria. Some people might be confused by the word “bitter” to think the soup tastes bitter. On the contrary, when cook the right way, this leaf soup is not bitter at all but super tasty so much that you will “lick” the bowl and ask for more!
What Is Bitter Leaf?
For those who are not familiar with this brand of Nigerian soup, Bitter Leaf plant is a green leafy bitter shrub and it is a very popular plant in Nigerian/African cuisines. People from Africa, especially from the Eastern and Western parts of Africa, oftentimes use the Bitter Leaf in food recipes and in other remedial purposes.
Health Benefits of Bitter Leaf
According to an online article, Bitter Leaf greens are used to cure many digestive issues and promote gut health. Many parts of this plant are used locally to treat fever, worm infestation, minor wounds, and stomach aches. It has natural laxative properties, and its extract is used to relieve constipation. Bitter Leaf also has many curative elements, all of which have healing properties and are useful in maintaining the health of other organs of the body like kidney and liver naturally. Undoubtedly bitter leaf has impressive health benefits, and in my opinion, everyone should add these bitter leaf greens to their menu.
Names for Bitter Leaf Across Nigeria
Although the vegetable is primarily native to the Eastern Nigeria, Bitter Leaf soup is popular in every part of Nigeria. The leaf is used in preparing this tasty bitter-leaf soup called “Onugbu” in Igbo language; “Ewuro,” Yoruba; and “Shiwaka” in Hausa. Nigerians all over serve the Bitter Leaf soup with “swallow” dishes like Pounded Yam (Iyan), Semolina, Fufu, Amala, Cassava, or Gari (Eba). It can also be served with cassava flour meal or corn flour meal. This is why the soup is very popular in Nigerian restaurants around the world and at festive occasions.
What Makes Keobi’s Bitter Leaf Soup so Special?
Nigerian cuisines have some unique taste due to their unique ingredients and spices. Bitter Leaf soup is tasty due to its unusual combination of ingredients like bitter leaves, cocoyam, stockfish and smoked fish. Keobi Bitter Leaf soup is the yummiest way to have these bitter green leaves in your meals. TeamKeobi expert cooks know how to prepare these “bitter” leaves and turn them into a lip-smacking bowl of soup. While you can prepare Bitter Leaf soup at home, the soup may lack the traditional Nigerian taste that TeamKeobi will provide.
When a Bitter Leaf Soup Leads to Bitter Taste
Beware that failure to completely squeeze out eliminate the bitterness in bitter leaf will totally ruin the taste of the recipe. A well-cooked bitter leaf soup should not have the smallest taste of bitterness. Team Keobi has a special way of cooking the bitter leaf soup to a delicious soup that leaves a sweet after taste on your tongue. So, come and enjoy the unique taste of bitter leaf at your favorite Upstate ethnic restaurant. TeamKeobi cooks will prepare and serve you an authentic ethnic Keobi-style Nigerian bitter leaf soup fresh with traditional Nigerian spices and herbs. We are sure you will fall in love once you have a taste of this soup.
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