My Tomato Pepper soup is an adaptation of the Ghanaian light soup. This soup was inspired by my no carb days during last week. The Ghanian light soup is to Ghanians as Egusi soup is to Nigerians in terms of popularity. The Ghanaian light soup will pass for Nigerian Pepper soup in terms of texture. Because I know that most Nigerians will want some texture or thickness to any soup or sauce that they wish to use for swallow, this is why the Tomato Pepper soup is thick enough to be used for swallows.
With the sedentary life style that most of us are trapped in, we have to constantly watch what we eat so as not to pile on unnecessary weight. To add some vegetable and bulk to the soup I added a few slices of okro and it was just what I wanted. On your behalf I tried out the Tomato pepper soup with a little pounded yam and it was ‘gbam’.
So in this recipe I have borrowed some elements from Ghana light soup, a bit of Nigerian pepper soup and stew. Enjoy!
Recipe for Tomato Peppersoup
6-8 pieces Goat meat
1/2 teaspoon minced Ginger
1/4 teaspoon minced Garlic
Yellow Cameroon Pepper to taste
Scotch Bonnet Pepper to taste
2 -3 pieces Tomatoes
3 -4 pieces Okro cut in circular chunks.
1 African nutmeg
1 stick Uda
Seasoning cubes to taste
Salt to taste
- Blend pepper, ginger, garlic and African nut and season goat meat. Add salt and seasoning cube. Allow to marinade for about 30- 45 minutes.
- Steam meat till juice dries up. Add water and cook goat meat till soft
- Whilst meat is cooking, add whole tomato and onion in meat pot to cook till soft. Let it cool and blend to a smooth paste.
- Add tomato/pepper mix to the pot of meat and continue cooking till soup thickens to the consistency of Ofe Nsala. You will need about 2 to 2 1/12 cups of water to make the soup.
- Taste soup to correct seasoning.
- 3-5 minutes before soup is taken off the fire add the Okro chunks and crushed Uda.
- Remove the Uda as soon as you take the pot off the fire. Uda is bitter and will give the soup a bitter taste if left in.
- Serve tomato peppersoup on its own or with any swallow of choice.