Ogbono Soup Recipe:How to Cook Ogbono Soup (draw soup)

How to Cook Ogbono Soup , draw soup

Ogbono Soup or Draw Soup, is a popular Nigerian soup recipe made with Ogbono Seeds(wild African bush mango seeds).

This is one of the first soup, after Okra soup, given to kids when trying to introduce them to Nigerian soups.

Ogbono soup has a mucilaginous (slimy) texture, similar to okra soup.

I like to cook mine with vegetables,  and sometimes combine it with melon(egusi) seeds to get what is called Ogbono with Egusi soup.

But it is also common to see Ogbono soup cooked without vegetables. So whatever choice you make, here’s an easy recipe for you to try…Enjoy.

**video recipe here

Ogbono Soup ingredients


  •  2 handful of Ogbono Seeds OR 3 handful ground Ogbono powder
  • Assorted Meat and Fish: (could be a mixture of any of these :Beef, cowfoot, Shaki(tripe),Ponmo(cow skin) DryFish  & Stock Fish)
  • 2-3 Cooking spoonful Palm Oil
  • Vegetable :Spinach OR Pumpkin leaves(ugu) OR Bitter leaf(onugbu)..or a mixture of bitter leaf and Ugwu
  • Crayfish(as you like it)
  • 1 Onion bulb
  • 2 stock cubes (seasoning cubes
  • Chilli Pepper or scotch bonnet(atarodo) (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)

Cooking Directions for  Ogbono Soup

**If you bought Whole ogbono seeds, Grind them thoroughly using a dry mill or a good  blender or coffee grinder.

** Wash, season and cook the assorted meat, dry fish & stock fish with onions, stock cube and salt to taste. Cook until tender.

**Slice the vegetables, grind the pepper and set aside

Now to cook the  Ogbono Soup…

  1.  Heat up the red palm oil in a clean dry pot until hot. You can add minced onions if you like(adding onions is optional).
  2. Now, put off the heat and add the ground Ogbono into the hot oil.
    Dissolve the ogbono by pressing with the back of your spoon and stirring constantly .

ogbono soup recipe draw soup preparation

3. Now, put back on low heat, add a little water or meat stock, and leave to boil for a minute. You will  notice that it has become thicker and has a slimy texture(it has started to ”draw”) .

nigerian ogbono soup preparation

4. Add more of the meat stock or water and leave to boil for 10 minutes; Stir the soup constantly so that it does not burn at the bottom.
Then add the boiled dry fish, stock fish, assorted meat , stock cube, pepper, the ground crayfish and salt to taste.

ogbono soup preparation

  5. Mix well , cover and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes, you should check on it and stir the soup constantly to prevent burning.

6. At this stage , you will notice the change in the aroma of the soup. Stir and add the shredded spinach or ugu (fluted pumpkin leaves)

cooking nigerian ogbono soup

Simmer for 1-2 minute and put of the heat.  Now your Ogbono soup is ready.

ogbono soup, draw soup

Ogbono soup is usually served hot with any Nigerian bolus meal, such as Eba, Fufu, Pounded Yam, Tuwo Masara, Wheat meal or Semolina…Enjoy!

Other Related Recipes

* Bitter leaf Soup (Ofe Onugbu) 
* Nigerian Beef Stew
* Banga Soup : Urhobo Isoko Banga Soup Recipe
* Nigerian Chicken Stew
* How to Cook Okazi Soup (Ukazi Soup)
* Obe Ata Dindin : Nigerian Fried Pepper Stew
* How to Cook Edikang Ikong Soup
* Nigerian Tomato Stew(Vegan Stew)
* How to Cook Afang Soup
* Nigerian Pepper Soup
* Nigerian Okra  Soup
* Nigerian Fish Stew (Obe Eja Tutu) 
* How to Cook Nigerian Egusi Soup(Ofe Egusi/Obe Efo Elegusi)




  1. Opeyemi
    March 29, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Weldone Nky please how can I subscribe to this page for me to be able to access it anytime instead of searching on google always. Thanks will b waiting for ur reply

    • November 1, 2018 / 8:59 pm

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  2. Nne
    February 21, 2018 / 3:06 am

    Enter your comment…pls can I also use meat stock already seasoned with curry to make my ogbono?

  3. Anonymous
    November 1, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    I cooked my Ogbono but it did not draw !:( I don't know what I did or how can I reverse it 🙁 🙁

  4. Gineeka
    August 2, 2017 / 10:09 am

    Pls Wat stage should I put d Ogili Openyi?? Waiting now,Thanks

  5. Gineeka
    August 2, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Pls Wat stage should I put d Ogili Openyi?? Waiting now,Thanks

  6. Adewunmi Peter
    April 20, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    Hello Sister. Please, what is wrong. my Ogbono sometimes doesn't draw and does not come out Heavy(thick). some said the oil is too hot and that fries out the slimy quality. is this correct or could there be other factors responsible.

    • November 1, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Yes, Adewunmi they are right, , very hot oil can affect the texture, but if you make use of bad ogbono(old ogbono), it can also affect the viscosity and taste of the soup. Some people will also tell you that it is because you covered the pot, but that has been proven to not really affect it much.
      As for the heavy /thick texture you have to make use of less liquid in your cooking.

  7. Daysawlah
    April 9, 2017 / 5:28 am

    Please can I use ugwu and uziza leaves together?

  8. Daysawlah
    April 9, 2017 / 5:10 am

    Please can i mix ugwu and uzazi leaves with the ogbonna

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