Ofe Di Na Nwayi (Lovers’ soup)

Ofe Di Na Nwayi, nigerian soup recipes, egusi soup with uziza

Ofe Di Na Nwayi  literally means ”husband and wife soup” in Igbo language. This Nigerian soup is not so popularamong the young easterners of Nigeria (where the soup originated from).
But, according to grandma, it is a traditional ”Lovers soup” that is served to newly weds as their first meal together, during or right after their traditional marriage.
One of the ingredients for Ofe Di Na Nwayi is  the ”heart of a cow” which is said to signify love ☺. This soup can also be served on Valentine’s day.
Trust me,this is a tasty soup,you’ll surely enjoy.
+++see video recipe here+++

Ingredients for  Ofe Di Na Nwayi

– Heart of a cow(cut into pieces) (substitute the heart with 10 pieces beef or chicken meat )
– 1 Large sized smoked fish
– 1 stockfish head or 2 medium sized pieces stockfish parts
– 2 handful Egusi seeds or Ofor or Achi (to thicken the soup)
– 2 handful Uziza leaves (some folks use Okazi/ukazi leaves )
– 1 tablespoonful ground Crayfish
– 2 cooking spoonful Palm oil
– 1 Small onion bulb (chopped)
– ground dry pepper/chopped scotch bonnet(atarodo)(to taste)
– 1 stock cube/seasoning cube or seasoning powder
– Salt to taste

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**Food Note: Although Okazi is also used for this soup, I recommend Uziza leaves because it gives the soup a great flavor.
See the difference between Uziza and Okazi/ukazi leaves .


– First place the Egusi or Achi  or Ofor in a blender and grind until smooth. Set aside for later use

– Wash and remove bones from the smoked fish, and Set aside for later use

Now to cook the soup-

1. Wash and season the stock fish and cow heart (or beef  ) with chopped onions, stock cube and salt to taste.Cook the meat in it’s juice for 5 minutes , then add a little water and leave to cook until tender.

2.  Add a cup of water to the cooked meat and stockfish, add the palm oil, ground egusi or achi, ground pepper and ground crayfish; mix thoroughly, and if the consistency is too thick, add more water.

Ofe Di Na Nwayi, nigerian soup recipes, egusi soup with uziza

 Leave to boil for 10- 15 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning at the bottom.
Tip: if you’re using achi, first dissolve in cold water before adding to the soup.

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3. Now, add the cleaned smoked fish and the shredded ukazi or uziza leaves.
Taste for salt , mix thoroughly and leave to simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes, depending on the leaf you’re using.
Then stir thoroughly and put of the heat.
Tip: okazi leaves are tough, that is why you have to simmer for up to 10 minutes.

Ofe Di Na Nwayi, nigerian soup recipes, egusi soup with uziza

 Serve your delicious Ofe Di Na Nwayi with pounded yam, fufu, wheat meal,Eba or any swallow of choice.

Ofe Di Na Nwayi, nigerian soup recipes, egusi soup with uziza

 Here are some related Nigerian Soup Recipes:

* Nigerian Ogbono Soup :How to Cook Ogbono Soup
* Ofe Nsala (Igbo White Soup) : Nsala Soup
* Ofada stew (a.k.a Ayamase)
* Nigerian Yam and Fresh Fish Pepper Soup 
* Nigerian Pepper Sauce
* Efo Riro Soup Recipe
* Gbegiri /Miyan Wake
* Nigerian Goat Meat Pepper Soup
* Okra Soup with Fresh Fish and Assorted Meat
* Nigerian Mixed Vegetable Sauce
* Egusi Soup With Fresh Fish & Vegetables
* Bitter leaf Soup (Ofe Onugbu) 
* Nigerian Beef Stew
* Banga Soup : Urhobo Isoko Banga Soup Recipe
* Nigerian Chicken Stew
* Ewa Agoyin Sauce 
* How to Cook Okazi Soup (Ukazi Soup)
* Obe Ata Dindin : Nigerian Fried Pepper Stew
* How to Cook Edikang Ikong Soup
* How to Cook Afang Soup
* Nigerian Pepper Soup
* Nigerian Fish Stew (Obe Eja Tutu) 
* Ofe Owerri Soup
Egusi Soup with bitter leaf (Ofe Egusi/Obe Efo Elegusi)


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  1. Anonymous
    March 20, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    Hello Nky,can I add ugu to dis recepie or'll it affect d taste of the soup?.tanx

  2. sweet_angel
    January 4, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    Hello Nky,I used ofor yesterday, and it gave my soup horrible "sharp/sour" taste! I'm soooo upset. Is it possible that the ofor is bad or sour? I only added a table spoon at the point of adding the stock.

  3. Anonymous
    October 20, 2015 / 9:44 am


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  5. Gift David
    February 21, 2015 / 6:39 am

    hmmm, yummy, dear u rock

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 23, 2015 / 8:59 pm

      Thanks hun 🙂

  6. Anonymous
    February 6, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Thnx for sharing this recipes… will try it out..

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 7, 2015 / 1:24 pm

      you're welcome 🙂

  7. Anonymous
    November 19, 2014 / 6:23 pm

    Wonderful. Its tasty.I'll be trying some more receipes. I had to use pumpkin leaves. Hubby won't know the difference cause he's from ivory coast. Lol

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 20, 2014 / 2:07 pm

      Lol, you're funny dearie. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.I'll be expecting your feedback on more recipes and will also love if you send us the food pics for our fanpage 🙂

  8. Anonymous
    August 11, 2014 / 6:12 am

    Tried nd tasted:-)hubby dats too picky enjoyed it sooo much.thank u 4 your detailed recipes.U rock!!!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 11, 2014 / 9:27 am

      Aww dearie, thanks for your lovely feedback, I'm glad your hubby enjoyed it 🙂

  9. blessing uju
    July 28, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    Oh my word Nky you have magic hands in the kitchen, i have never heard of this soup. Thanks for sharing will sure try it out.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 8, 2014 / 1:21 pm

      Thanks dear, i'll be expecting your feedback 🙂

  10. Anonymous
    June 17, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    U're d best. Am going 2 try cooking this soup even though am yoruba. Is ofor like egusi n where can i buy it.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 18, 2014 / 1:41 pm

      Hi dearie, ask the women at the market if you are in Nigeria, they know what it is, and do let me know how the soup turns out 🙂

  11. Anonymous
    June 17, 2014 / 11:02 am

    What is ofor?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 18, 2014 / 1:40 pm

      Ofor (ofo) is a soup thickener , just like achi, but it is white in color .

  12. Esther Williams
    March 18, 2014 / 7:50 pm

    I prepared dis soup on the day my husband and his people came for introduction. I used ofor to thicken mine. It's a delicious soup indeed. They enjoyed it so much.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 20, 2014 / 11:44 am

      Wow dear,I'm sure you won their heart.You just reminded me to add ofor as a thickener for this soup. Thanks dearie 🙂

  13. Anonymous
    March 17, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    My favorite soup… I cook mine with achi .

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 20, 2014 / 11:42 am

      Oh dear, it also tastes really good with achi 🙂

  14. Oluchi
    March 17, 2014 / 12:13 pm

    Madam, you don't seize to amaze me.I am married to an Anambra man and this soup was served to us on our trad. I am igbo too but have never tasted it until then. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I'll make it this weekend, my hubby will be surprised.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 20, 2014 / 11:41 am

      You are so welcome dearie 🙂

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