Cow Leg Pepper Soup With Yam Recipe

The weather has been really something else lately. Unless you’re from Jos (or Mambila highlands), most people aren’t used to the cold temperatures that we have been experiencing in Nigeria lately. And for those who are lucky enough to be enjoying sunshine in other parts of the world, that used to be us.

Coping with unexpected cold temperatures means that most of us are not coping too well. If you’re struggling with the cold and maybe suffering from catarrh or a flu, one thing I’ve found that works really well is pepper soup.

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My Introduction to Cow Leg Pepper Soup

Funny enough, it was going through a cold/flu that brought me in contact with cow leg pepper soup. My mum is really good with chicken and beef pepper soup, but somehow, we never really tried the cow leg variety. I didn’t get to taste it till my Youth Service.

When I tasted cow leg pepper soup, I knew there was no going back and it has become my favourite go-to especially when the temperatures drop. I found a really good recipe on Dobby’s Signature and I can’t wait to try this one from our friends at¬†especially with the addition of yam.

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What is Pepper Soup

Ah, if you’re new to Nigerian cuisine, then you might be wondering just what this ‘pepper soup’ is all about. Basically, it’s a meat based soup with lots of pepper in it. Okay, there are other ingredients like ginger and garlic, but don’t forget the pepper. Lots of it.

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Cow Leg Pepper Soup With Yam Recipe

You would definitely be thumbing your nose at this before it gets cooked. This spicy cow leg pepper soup with yam is a delight! The yam makes it a complete meal and we decided to show our own creativity by adding chopped carrot. Give this meal a go!

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Cow Leg Pepper Soup With Yam
  1. Firstly chop the onions, spring onions, carrot and basil. Set aside. Mince the fresh garlic and rodo then set aside. Peel the yam, wash and chop into chunks.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, add in the chopped onions and spring onions and saute for about 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and rodo, pepper, thyme, paprika, white pepper, seasoning cubes and salt to taste and stir for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add 1¬Ĺ kilograms of cow leg (washed and chopped) and continue stirring. Add little water if needed and allow to simmer for a minutes. Add about 8 cups of water to boil and allow to boil for about 2 hours.
  4. Add the yam and carrot about 20 minutes before the cow leg becomes tender. Adjust the thickness and taste of the soup as desired. Add in the chopped basil and allow to simmer to a minute.
  5. Serve and garnish with thyme sprigs (optional).
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