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This is one of the most easiest and affordable Nigeria soup we have around. Are you looking for some nutritious quick fix meal? Then, you do not need to look further. Try ugu stir fry. It can easily be served alongside a plate of boiled white fluffy rice or boiled plantains.
The vegetable soup can be prepared with any protein of choice, even though I had decided to use mackerel fish in my own ugu stir fry creation
Ugwu leaves(fluted pumpkin leaves) is very rich in iron, potassium and is a good source of dietary fibre. Ugwu leaves are used in many Nigerian dishes like the edikiakong (Efik vegetable soup) or the ogbono or the newest recipe you need to check out. My Nigerian egg sauce with ugu leaves. Pumpkin leaves put a little twist to whatever dish you are cooking plus the many health benefits attached to it.
You may read further on its health benefit HERE.
So let us cook…
Steps to making ugu stir fry
Wash the leaves and slice thinly
Remove the intestine of the fish. cut into desired sizes and wash
Place a dry saucepan on low- medium heat, add the oil, allow heating up for a while then add the onion, pepper and locust beans. Stir- fry till translucent
( add the fish and let it fry slightly for a few minutes on both sides)
Next, add the cup of stock, allow simmering with the fish for 2 minutes, then pour in the vegetable, add the seasoning cubes and salt.
Stir and steam(covered) for another 2 minutes, taste then adjust seasoning if need be
Put off the heat. You can leave it to rest in the pot for the next 3 minutes, so as to allow the stock and seasoning to steam further with the veggies
Serve over rice. enjoy!
Check out our steamed spinach recipe here
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