Categories: Ebira Food

How to Cook Epireru (Ireru Soup)


Epireru (Ireru soup) is a native soup of Ebira people. This soup is rooted in the culture of the Ebira people and is believed to have some health benefits. In Ebiraland, the people even serve it to their pregnant women and women that recently gave birth because of the nutritional and health functions it is believed to serve in their body.

Beyond the health benefit, the Ireru soup has a very sweet aroma and not only does it have a sweet aroma, the taste surely lives to its expectation. If you are lucky to have this soup cooked by someone that knows how to prepare it, and you have a taste of it, you will eat it till you bite your fingers. I loved eating this soup as a kid, and even till now, and I am very sure it will taste the same for everyone.

Ireru is a vegetable that is widely grown by Ebira people. You will also find this vegetable in other regions to and some people call it scent leaf. Generally, vegetables are known to be rich in vitamins and minerals. The ireru soup if cooked correctly has close to dark color. But you have to focus on the taste and not the color because the taste is heavenly and if you eat it, regardless of your tribe or culture, you will want to continue trying it.

There is a special way it is prepared by the Ebira people, especially by the Ebira women. You will think there is a special recipe used in making it. But after reading this article, you will be able to try this soup in your home by yourself and be able to attest to its delicious taste.

Ingredients to cook ireru soup

  • dried powderd ireru leaves – 2 cups
  • 400g of roasted catfish
  • Grinded melon (ipapara) – 1 cup
  • 800g of meat
  • 1kg of Upa (cow skin)
  • Habanero pepper (enough quantity that you can take)
  • Tomato (2-3 pieces)
  • maggi seasoning (3 cubes)
  • Palm oil
  • Salt
  • Stockfish (5 – 8 pieces)
  • Powdered crayfish (half cup)

Cooking Instruction

Step 1:             

Blend the habanero pepper and tomatoes together to obtain thick consistency

Step 2:

Wash the meat you want to use thoroughly. After washing, pour in a clean pot of water to cook. Add some onion slices in it, a cube of maggi seasoning, and a small pinch of salt. Cover the pot and cook for about 40 minutes or until the meat is soft and chewable.

Step 3:

While cooking the meat, during the wait, you can soak the upa in warm water for a few minutes. After a few minutes, peel off the dark scales. Wash again in a clean water, to remove the sand particles and till it is completely neat.

Also, soak the catfish in warm water to wash and clean of dirts.

Step 4:

Place a dry clean pot on fire, pour some quantity of palm oil on water in the pot, and fry till hot. Add the grinded mixture of tomato and pepper. Add the powdered ipapara (melon), the crayfish, catfish, boiled meat and upa. Add salt and 2 cubes of seasoning and cook and fry for about 10 minutes.

Step 5:

After the 10 minutes, add the Ireru leaves powder with small water quantity, stir together with a spoon and allow to cook for 10 minutes. After the wait, you are done with cooking the soup.

In Ebiraland, the soup is usually eaten with uka (yam flour) which the Yoruba call amala. After preparing the soup, you can serve it with uka (yam flour) or iya (pounded yam).

Health Benefits of Ireru Soup in Ebiraland

Ireru leaves is known to have many health benefits. Ebira people serve these leaves to pregnant women and new mother because of the various functions it serves in their body. The Ireru leaves can either be served as instructed above or otherwise, dried, coverted to powder, and cooked with ipapara (melon soup). The benefits of Ireru soup in pregnant women and new mothers are given below:

  • It helps in rapid healing of the womb
  • It makes the baby immune to stomach disturbances
  • It helps the mother to produce more milk
  • It protects the new mother against stomach disturbances that may occur after child birth.


The Ireru soup in the Ebira context is prepared as dried Ireru leave cooked with ipapara (melon soup). It is mixed with ipapara soup to enhance the taste of the soup. The soup has a dark like color because of the Ireru leaves and when cooked, the Ireru leaves still retains its taste, sweetness, and nutritional benefits. If you have been looking for how to cook the Ireru soup, follow us and read this article today then thank us later.



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