Igbagba! How to Prepare and Enjoy this Southern Nigerian Delicacy
By Maha Olatokunbo
The people of the Niger Delta (Southern Nigeria) are known for their rich cuisines. They have nice foods that suits every weather, one of which is the Yam/Unripe Plantain Catfish Pepper Soup. Traditionally called Igbagba or Ugbagba, it has now become a general delicacy all over the country and beyond the shores of Africa.
Igbaba is one of the easiest and fastest Nigerian foods to prepare. It is a spicy and undeniably, a delicious meal for any time of the day.
This delicious meal is also regarded by many, as a remedy for common cold and flu. It is also believed to cure loads of illness and infections.
Yam or Unripe Plantain
Fresh Fish (Catfish, Conger eel, Tilapia or any tasty fish of choice)
Grounded chili peppers
Pepper soup spice mix
Basil leafs (known as scent leaf, efirin or Nchuawun)
Seasoning/stock or Bouillon cube
Salt to taste
DIRECTIONS TO COOK:
- Slice the yams or unripe plantains, peel the skin, cut into cubes and wash thoroughly. Place the yams or unripe plantain into a pot, add enough water to cover the yams or unripe plantains, add a level teaspoon of salt and leave to boil for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then strain out the water and set aside.
- Now wash and cut the fish (if you have whole fish), then place in another pot, add water to almost the level of the fish. Add diced onions, seasoning cube and salt to taste. Leave to boil for about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the fish
- After 5 minutes, add the precooked yams or unripe plantain, grounded peppers, ground crayfish, pepper soup spice and the Scent leaves.
- Leave to simmer for 5 more minutes and your Yam and Fresh Fish Pepper Soup.
- Serve hot with cold drink.