Ever heard of 'uhribo-otor'?

'Urhibo' in Urhobo means soup while 'Otor' means floor or ground, put together, 'Uhribo-otor' means soup that is made without fire.

Seed pod (Urheri)

The southern regions of Nigerian consisting of the Urhobos, Ijaws, and Istekiris have so many delicacies that are unique to them and i would love to walk you through as many as possible.

Since, we will be doing this one step at a time, let me introduce to you, this Urhobo delicacy called 'Uhribo-otor'.

'Urhibo' in Urhobo means soup while 'Otor' means floor or ground, put together, 'Uhribo-otor' means soup that is made on the floor, in other words without fire.

Sounds weird, and you're probably thinking, who eats cold food, right?

Weirdly, there's a way to heat it up which you would find out in the method.

This delicacy can be eaten with boiled yam or unripe plantain or any kind of swallow you prefer.

Let me walk you though it..


Pepper soup spices (calabash nutmeg aka Ehre and seed pod aka urheri) in their raw form.

Grounded, dry pepper.



Black fish

'Evwere' - earthen pot


1) Heat up your earthen pot until it is dry and hot.

2) Place the chosen quantity of pepper soup spices inside and allow to roast. (Deseed the seed pod and roast alongside with the seed from the calabash nutmeg).

3) Grind the roasted spices. When smooth, add the quantity of ground pepper and knorr you want to use and grind them all together.

4) After grinding, pour ingredients into a deep bowl and add the desired quantity of water.

5) Roast your black fish to taste. When well roasted and hot, press into liquid content. It would sizzle and heat up the soup.

6) Add salt to taste and enjoy with boiled yam/unripe plantain or any swallow of your choice.

Try it out and thank me later!


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