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How to Cook Ebira Gorigo Soup: Cooking Ebira Sesame Soup


Ebira Gorigo Soup, called “epi  gorigo” in Ebira tribe is also known as the Ebira Sesame Seed Soup. Th gorigo soup is a delicious traditional soup from the Ebira people of Nigeria. Although it may be eaten by other tribes or ethnic groups in Nigeria, but is is more common among the Ebira people and it is also believed to be originated from the Ebira culture. The Gorigo soup is obtained from the sesame seed which is made into a nutrient rich rich and flavorful soup. Combined with various spices and vegetables, Ebira Gorigo Soup offers a unique culinary experience that is both satisfying and appealing to the taste bud.

In this article, we will explore the step-by-step process of cooking the Ebira gorigo soup. The process will be well explained so that you can find it very easy to try it out by yourself in your kitchen.

Ingredients to Cook Ebira Gorigo Soup

To prepare Ebira Gorigo Soup, you will need the following ingredients:

  • cup sesame seeds (1 – 2 cups) use quantity as desired
  • assorted meat (beef, goat meat, or chicken)
  • Stockfish (500g)
  • Upa huuru (goat or sheep skin)
  • Ordinary Upa (cow skin)
  • medium-sized onions (2 of this is enough)
  • red bell pepper ( 2-3 medium to big-sized)
  • Scotch bonnet or habanero pepper (quantity as desired)
  • Red palm oil
  • Bitter leaf
  • Maggi seasoning cube (2-3)
  • Salt

Preparing the Gorigo Soup

Step 1

Start by washing the gorigo or sesame seed. After washing, you can proceed to drying it. You can dry it by toasting in a frying pan subjected to heat on fire. Toasting the sesame seeds also enhance and refine the flavor. Place the dry frying pan on medium heat and add the sesame seeds. Stir continuously until they turn almost brown. Be very careful not to burn them. Remove from heat and let the gorigo cool-off.

Step 2

Stage 2 involves blending the dry gorigo or sesame seed and other ingredients that needs blending. Blend the sesame seeds using blender to a smooth texture. You can either blend in a dry form to produce dry sesame powder which you will eventually mix with water to form a paste or you grind in the blender, add water, and get a paste output. Either way it is, once you are done blending and you have the sesame seed paste, set aside for later use.

Also, blend the hot pepper, onions, and bell pepper separately. Ensure you do not blend to be too smooth.

Step 3

Cook the meat in a pot. Pour the meat in a pot enough to contain it, chop onions in it, add salt, a cube of maggi seasoning, water and leave on fire to cook for 10 – 15 minutes. You can also add the stock fish in it to cook for 5 – 10 minutes if you will be using stockfish.

While cooking, wash the Upa huuru and the cow skin until they are clean and ready for use. Also,  wash your bitter leaves thoroughly until it is free of its bitterness. Set aside for later use after washing.

Step 4

In a separate pot, heat the palm oil over medium heat. Add the blended onions, red bell peppers, and red chili peppers ( if used) or hot pepper. Heat for about 5 minutes on medium heat.

Next, reduce the heat to low and add the ground sesame paste to the pot. Stir well to combine and cook for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Now, add the cooked meat, stock fish, cow skin, and upa huuru, and well-washed bitter leaf in the pot. Stir gently to combine the ingredients with the sesame paste mixture.

Now, add 1- 2 seasoning cubes and salt to enhance the taste. Stir well to distribute the seasoning evenly. Cover the pot and let the soup simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to develop and the soup to thicken slightly.

Step 5

After cooking till the right consistency is obtained, remove from heat. Serve hot with your choice of accompaniments, such as pounded yam, semo or any other swallow


The Ebira Gorigo Soup is a very aromatic soup and has its origin from Ebira tribe. In case you want to try out this dish in your home, ensure you follow these steps accordingly. It is however best eaten with Iya (pounded yam).

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