Cooking a healthy, good looking and tasty pot of soup can be quite expensive. There are a few tricks that can give us great results with less. For the step by step cooking recipes of all the soups on this page, visit here
How To Cook Okro Soup With Less:
How To Cook Good Edikang Ikong Soup With Lesss:
How To Cook Nigerian White Soup With Less:
How To Cook Egusi Soup With Less:
How To Cook Water leaf/ Spinach soup with less:
How To Get Any Soup Pot Ready With Less:
How To Cook NIGERIAN TOMATO STEW with less:
For How To Save Cost With Nigerian White Soup, scroll up.
Scroll up again to see how to save cost when you cook Naija white soup
Crayfish vegetable soup comes in handy in an emergency. Say you have vegetables in the fridge but have run out of meat. Fry crayfish with pepper and onions before adding the vegetables. This has to be very small in quantity, for just two or three servings. The fried crayfish gives it a unique taste. Ugu and even green amaranth can be cooked this way.
- Buy fresh breakable okro to avoid waste of tough okra. Test by breaking off the tip of big sized okras.
- Do not cook with beef, chicken, snails, periwinke, crayfish, stock fish, smoked fish at the same time
- Maximise cost by cooking with just two or three protein sources. If you cook with stock fish, you can forgo smoke fish. Substitute periwinles for snails and vice versa.
- Add a little ogbono to make a lil quantity of okra give you more.
- Sprinke some green leaves to help thicken the soup like in the picture above. I sprinkled ugu sparingly.
Okro soup gives great results with just crayfish, seasoning cube and some chopped onions. **Crayfish is number one for okro soup. Without all the other orishirishi, I can still make a great pot of okro with just crayfish alone. #OkroLovesCrayfish.
|light okra soup before I added green vegetables to help thicken soup|
|edikang ikong soup|
- Buy more water leaf than ugu. Ugu is more expensive, a small bunch or two is just OK.
- Make crayfish and smoked fish mandatory, while stockfish, kpomo, beef, or mutton remain optional.
- Add just one type of meat like beef or goat or snails and not every thing in one pot.
- Cut kpomo into tiny pieces and use in place of periwinkle
|Nigerian White Soup|
- Make it fisherman white soup with about three types of sea food and leave out the meat. Abi, meat no dey tire you? Na every time person dey chew meat? Too mush meat no good o.
- Leave crayfish out and cook with smoked fish and some mushrooms. It will still give that rich white soup flavor.
- Choose just stock fish and smoked fish, you will be shocked by the result.
|egusi melon bitter leaf soup|
- Cook with one type of meat plus fish and crayfish
- Make the soup look richer with big sizes of kpomo
- Cook with a big pot and much water cos egusi rises while cooking and will end up giving you a big pot of soup. Egusi soup tastes better after the first day of cooking. so, cooking much will help you enjoy that unique taste that comes aith warming/re heating egusi soup
- Buy old and not "just harvested" Egusi. Old egusi rises so much and tastes better Egusi is harvested around August, September of every year, so to get old ones, buy before that time. It is very easy to store. I store egusi in airtight plastic containers. Some trusted sellers still say the truth about which one is old or freshly harvested in their shops. The Tip is: Old egusi is more expensive compared to fresh ones.
|Water leaf soup|
- This is actually a way of cooking vegetable soup without having to spend on expensive ugu and afang leaves.
- Buy just waterleaf, but, remember to stir and turn off the heat without over cooking tender water leaves.
- Cook with crayfish, goat meat or beef and not both
- Plant waterleaf in your compound and flower/ plant beds. It looks nice on the flower beds and is very easy to grow. When you buy water leaf, let the vegetable sellers cut out the stalk for you while the chop only the vegetables. Plant the stalks on the flower beds and water every evening. That's all. They do not require any special care to germinate and grow. Water leaf grows so fast and can be uase for other vegetable soups too.
|pot ready for Nigerian Soups|
- Add kpomo to make the pot of soup look meaty
- Cook with one or the other of the different types of meat and not all
- Add smoked fish in place of stock fish. smoked fish is cheaper. You can leave out both smoked fish and stock fish, and cook with meat and much crayfish
|Nigerian tomato Fish stew|
- Cook stew with either meat or stew and call it meat stew or fish stew.
- You can cook stew with snails alone or just corned beef with tomatoes.
- You can buy kpomo and crayfish, for crayfish stew, and you will still get a great tasty pot of stew
- Buy biggest sizes of tomatoes available. The quantity may look small, but, when blended, they give more and thicker tomatoes than tiny fruits.
|Nigerian White Soup with tiny pounded yam in the pot to thicken the soup.|
|White soup with preserved hot leaf to avoid buying every time white soup is to be cooked|
|Crayfish Vegetable Soup|
| Egusi Afang Soup|
How To Cook Egusi Afang Soup With Less:
**Can you think of other ways, or things we can do to cut cost while Cooking Nigerian soups/Meals?