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How to Cook Epeza – Ebira Beans Soup


Welcome once again to our blog. We promise that you will find the information you are looking for. In this session article, we will be introducing you to how to cook epeza which is the beans soup of Ebira people.

Epeza is another native food (soup) of the Ebira people. We know the Gen Z generations may not know what this soup is but trust us, this is another delicacy from the ebira people. The Ebira beans soup is very different from what the Yoruba people call gbegiri. Although they are both prepared using beans, the method of preparation is quite different and you will definitely confirm that when you are done reading this article.

Unlike the gbegiri, the Ebira bean soup (epeza) can be cooked with vegetables such as amaranthus, uzi (bitter leaf), or avi Ireru (Ireru leaf). Cooking the epeza with the Ireru leaf or uzi enhances and gives the soup a divine taste.

Ingredients needed to cook Ebira beans soup

The ingredients needed to prepare the ebira beans soup is provided below:

  • White beans (1 cup)
  • Stockfish/dried catfish (8 pieces)
  • Maggi seasoning (3 cubes)
  • Upa (cow skin)
  • Palm oil
  • Crayfish (1 cup)
  • Tomato
  • Vegetable
  • Une (locust beans)
  • Habanero pepper
  • Onions
  • Meat
  • Salt

How to cook Ebira beans soup

Step 1:

Grind the beans in dry state using a blender into powder. Make sure that the texture is not entirely powdery and it is still a little bit coarse. The texture also differentiates it from gbegiri which is grinded to be entirely powdery and smooth.

Step 2:

Wash your tomato, onion and pepper and then blend using a blender to obtain a paste texture.

Step 3:

Place a clean pot on fire, pour the meat in the pot. The meat can be chicken or goat meat, anyone is fine. Slice some onions in the pot. Add one cube of seasoning, small quantity of salt, and some of the blended pepper and tomato. After adding all these, add some water quantity and allow to cook for about 10 – 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes of cooking, open the pot and add the stockfish (in case you are using stockfish and not catfish). Cover the pot and allow both the meat and stockfish to cook till it is ready.

You can also clean your cow skin while doing this.

Step 4:

Blend your crayfish to obtain a powdery texture. You may also want to blend your locust bean (this is optional, depending on how you like it).

Step 5:

In case you are using a leafy vegetable, you should chop your vegetables. If you are not using fresh leafy vegetables, you can also use dried Ireru leaves if you have it. The quantity of fresh vegetables to use depends on how much you will like vegetables in the soup.

Step 6:

Place another dry pot on fire and pour a small quantity of palm oil in it. Fry the palm oil and pour the remaining blended pepper to fry. Leave for about 7 minutes to fry. Add the cooked stockfish and meat, cow skin, blended crayfish, 2 cubes of seasoning, stir together and allow to cook together for 5 more minutes.

After the 5 minutes, add your beans powder, add small water quantity of water and allow to cook for about 15 minutes. After this, add your vegetables and stir, then leave to cook for 5 minutes under low heat. After the wait, you are done cooking the soup and ready to eat.


Ebira beans soup is a popular delicacy among the Ebira people. When prepared properly it gives a very sweet taste and aroma. Do not take it to be the same as the gbegiri of Yoruba people because they are prepared using different methods. The epeza or ebira beans soup is best eaten with iya (pounded yam). We implore you to go to the market today, to get the required ingredients so that you can also try it out in your kitchen.

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