Thursday, 3 November 2016

Nsala Soup - My Mama's Recipe


500g beef or goat meat
400g Chicken
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 knorr chicken cubes
1 and 1/2 tablespoons Foodace Pepper Soup spice
4 cups water
1/3 cup crayfish 
1 scotch bonnet
3 slices of yam
2 dried fish steaks

1. Cut meat into small pieces, wash and put in a  medium pot.

2. Add Foodace pepper soup spice, seasoning cubes, salt and 3 and 1/2 cups water.

3. Bring to boil. Peel yam, cut into cubes, wash and add in the pot. Cover pot with lid and allow to cook until yam cubes become tender. 

4. Take out yam and pound, until it comes together. Alternatively, you can use blender or food processor for this. 

5. Rinse crayfish and blend with scotch bonnet and 1/2 cup water; add the mix in the soup pot and stir in.

6. Mold the pounded yam into small balls and place in the pot of soup.

7. Allow to cook for 20 minutes on medium heat until yam balls dissolves and thicken the soup. Stir occasionally. 

8. Taste and adjust taste by adding salt or seasoning cube.

9. Add the washed dried fish steaks, reduce gas heat and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes. Then turn off the gas and enjoy.

10. Enjoy.
The yam is enough to thicken you soup. However, if you find the soup too thick, by all means add more water. Hope you find this recipe helpful. 
Because I cannot easily assess Utazi leave, I did not add to this soup. If you can buy them, please add to the soup, it gives a unique taste. 

Love Always, 



  1. Wow I would try it out. Please can I use cocoyam instead?

    1. I have never tried making this soup with coco yam. You can experiment

  2. hiya, thanks for the recipe. is there any substitute for yam? I live in asia and naija yam is hard to find. thanks

    1. Hiya, I am afraid not. I have not tried with any other aside yam. However, surf the net, I am sure people use different things as thickener but for the authentic recipe and taste, yam remains the best

  3. This is a MUST try!.. thank you, but how can i blend my yam using a blender as i dont have a morta and pestle.

  4. This is a MUST try!.. thank you, but how can i blend my yam using a blender as i dont have a morta and pestle.

  5. All recipes very nice Thank you for sharing the idea I will try this... thanks:

  6. So I purchased your pepper soup spice and made this recipe. It was really yummy and the spice is simply amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Pls what other leave can i use besides utazi (it's not common in this part of naija; akwa ibom). Thanks