Efo Riro means mixed Vegetables, it is from the Western part of Nigeria and the Calabar’s has a similar soup called “Edikaikong Soup”. Efo Riro is enjoyed by many, you can also use various option of Leaf such as Shokoyokoto Efotete “green amaranth” popularly known as Green e.t.c. You can cook efo riro without stress by following these simple steps down, also, you can enjoy this soup with Pounded yam, Eba, Amala, Rice, Yam and any other type of swallow.
- stock fish “panla” also known as okporoko
- smoked fish
- red beef meat
- chili pepper (shombo)
- bell pepper (tatashey)
- scotch bonnet pepper (ata rodo)
- palm oil
- locust beans (iru)
- bouillon cubes
- curry powder
- salt to taste
- chopped shokoyoto leaves or green (efotete)
- Soak the stock fish in hot water for 10 minutes and rinse with cold water shred it with four finger and set aside.
- Remove the bones from the smoked fish, washed and set aside.
- Wash the beef thoroughly with water and place in a medium sized pot add two bouillon cubes, salt, curry, thyme, onion, water and leave to cook on medium heat. 25 minutes into the cooking time, add the smoked fish and stock fish leaves to cook for 10 minutes more.
- Chop the shoko leave with a knife and place in a bowl, add salt pour boiling water over it and place a lid over the bowl allow rest for 15-20 minutes. Rinse out the shoko and squeeze out all excess water.
For the pepper puree
- Wash the ata rodo ,tatashey, (ensure that you remove seed cause it’s usually bitter) chilies Onion.
- Blend and pour in a small pot and cook till there’s no liquid left.
Cooking the efo riro
- Add the palm in the empty pot and leave to heat for about 20 minutes. Add the palm in the empty pot and leave to heat for about 20 minutes.
- Add the chopped onion, pepper puree and locust beans (iru) and stir fry for 4 minutes.
- Gently add the soup stock including the meat and fish , bouillon cubes, cray fish and leaves for 6 minutes.
- Add the chopped leaves and stir to incorporate the mixture leave to cook for like 8 minutes.
- Your efo riro is set you can serve it with swallow, yam or rice.