Efo Riro (Nigerian Vegetable Soup)

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.

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),
  • 6 Tomatoes
  • 2 Red Habaneros (Use based on desired level of spice)
  • 1.5 Onions
  • 3 Maggi Cubes
  • 3 Cooking Spoons of Palm Oil
  • Salt
  • Cameroon Pepper (Substitution: Red Hot Pepper or Chili Pepper)
  • 1-3 Scotch Bonnet peppers (Use based on desired level of spice)
  • Garlic


1- Roll up your sleeves and pray to the Efo-Riro gods to give you a good process.

2- Wash all of your meats.

3- Season with salt, cameroon pepper, scotch bonnet, one 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.

4- To make a thick pepper paste, blend the tomatoes, peppers and onions with as little           water as possible. Then pour this mix into a pot and boil until all the water in it has             evaporated. Cooking tip; when all of the water is out, you will see holes in the mix.

5- 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.

6-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.

7- 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.

8- All this point you want to make sure the ratio of vegetables to pepper sauce is perfect,       not too wet or soggy.

9- Turn off the heat after two minutes so as not to overcook the vegetables.

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Tobi Smith

I share a huge passion for food, cooking food, reading about recipes, watching food shows, salivating, thinking up ideas to plate food and make it look as good as it tastes or better, eating out and trying new restaurants when there’s funds for that, obviously. Check out my my blog allidoiscook.com

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