Efo-Riro (Nigerian Vegetable Soup)

Second week back after a long break and I am here with another post. You can say I am on a roll. This is beginning to look like a #SoupSeries, so I will see it as that. Anything that has a second part has to be a series right? I have a third post coming up.

Today’s dish Efo Riro. Where do I start from? Efo-Riro is an elixir. You add four more years to your life after eating Efo-Riro twenty-one times. It’s a proven fact, look it up. Don’t ask me where. There aren’t a plethora of ways to make this. The method I will share with you is a trusted and proven.

Testimony: I prepared and served this to four people. They all said the same thing; it looks like perfection and tastes like perfection. Just look at this.

To make Efo-Riro, these are the ingredients I used:

3 Bunches of Mustard Greens

Meat Choices: Smoked fish, Smoked Turkey, Shaki (Tripe), Goat Meat, Ponmo (Cow Skin),

7 Red Bell Peppers

2 Red Habaneros

1.5 Onions

3 Maggi Cubes

3 Cooking Spoons of Palm Oil

To make this it is important to note that the key to making real good Efo-Riro is – to use as little water as possible. Lets do this.


  1. Roll up your sleeves and pray to the Efo-Riro gods to give you a good process
  2. Wash all of your meats and season with salt, cameroon pepper, scotch bonnet, an onion bulb, two cloves of garlic and two maggi cubes. Add about two cups of water and cook till desired softness. Don’t finish it all in the name of tasting to see if it is cooked. 
  3. To make a thick pepper paste, blend the peppers and onions with no water at all! (Please make sure you are using a strong blender). Pour this mix into a pot and boil till the water in it has evaporated. Cooking tip; when all of the water is out, you will see holes in the mix.img_9014
  4. In a pot, pour three cooking spoons of palm oil and heat it. Toss in some chopped up onions and pour in the reduced thick pepper paste you just boiled.img_9017
  5. Cook the mixture from above for five minutes, leaving the pot open (this is to let out as much moisture as possible) then add all your cooked meats to the pepper mix, stir it properly and let this cook for four minutes.img_9025-1
  6. Grab your mustard greens, this was my first time using mustard greens (I think they are collard greens cousins). Cut them up as finely or roughly as you want. And add this to the stew and meat cooking. img_9026
  7. All this point you want to make sure the ratio of vegetables to pepper sauce is perfect, not too wet or soggy.
  8. Turn off the heat after two minutes so as not to overcook the vegetables.

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About Tobi

I have spent a huge part of my life in kitchens and behind plates doing both duties eating and cooking. When I am not doing any of these I am behind a computer doing research and in school getting a Ph.D

9 thoughts on “Efo-Riro (Nigerian Vegetable Soup)

  1. Ore says:

    I’ve been looking for your efo-riro recipe! I want to try to make it this weekend, I’m not really sure what veggies to use (it’s between Tete, Ugwu and Shoko) I’m leaning towards Ugwu because it’s the most crunchy but I’m more familiar with Tete; what would you advise me to use? ???? That you reply, thank you! I really love your blog

  2. Temi says:

    Wait is it only tomatoes? No red pepper at all?

    1. Tobi says:

      Oh you have to use peppers. It€s in the recipe

      1. Temi says:

        I only seeœ2 red habeneros€ aren€t those the small spicy ones? I’m talking about red bell peppers. Or did you mention red bell peppers and I just didn€t read well lol

  3. Funmi Adewuyi says:

    Copying this recipe today!

  4. labisi Odunlami says:

    I would definitely try this during the weekend. I have spent the whole week eating at my schools’ cafeteria because of this week’s crazy schedule at school. Panini’s and burgers have wrecked my Nigerian tastebuds. yuck!

    1. Tobi says:

      You should! Most are quick and easy!

  5. Bookie says:

    You make everything look so easy, love this!

    Bookie Kunlere

    1. Tobi says:

      Thank you! I want as many people to try it

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