Soups and Stews are a significant component of the African cuisine and the Nigerian Pepper Soup, in my opinion, is the ultimate comfort food because it’s spicy, hearty and delicious!
Pepper Soup is primarily liquid, usually served hot made with your choice of Goat meat cutlets, fish or chicken with ground spices and other aromatic condiments; It can be served with boiled Potatoes, Yam, Rice, or just eaten as-is. However way you chose this soup always delivers.
My Personal History with Pepper Soup
Pepper Soup has been one of the most consistent meals in my life right after Jollof Rice of course! I have childhood memories of stepping into our kitchen as my mum stirred a pot of goat meat pepper soup for one party or the other and we would serve guest in Dublin crystal bowls (we were bad and bougie) and my Dads friends would wash it down with Gulder, their loud laughter vibrating across the room and could be heard 5 houses down the street.
When I left home for University it was the soup of choice while hanging with friends in places my mum would not be particularly proud of; the local beer parlour (African pub) having a good time, eating Cat Fish Pepper Soup, some Asun (spicy roast goat) and having my first taste of alcoholic coolers.
Now in my adult years it’s my go to soup when I want the embrace of home or when I’m just looking for a quick tasty meal for my husband and I to eat so we can Netflix and chill after a hard day’s work.
So, it only made sense for pepper soup to be one of the four recipes we launched It’s Souper with.
When I have demos I do my best to educate customers on the benefits of Pepper Soup because I know a lot of people enjoy it for its deliciousness and aromatic burst of flavors, without having half the knowledge about the numerous medicinal benefits derived from the meal made with herbs and spices, some of which are used in African traditional medicine to this day..
Here are some of the health benefits of Pepper soup spices:
- Negro Pepper (Xylopia aethiopica) also known as Uda seed, or whentia by Ghanaians is popularly used as a post-natal meal for recuperative measures and helps the healing process of wounds incurred during child birth, it treats gastrointestinal problems like constipation, stomach ache, dysentery, stimulates the stomach, which then secretes more hydrochloric acid that helps to digest proteins in food, its also induces antibodies that helps our body fight viruses and bacteria.. For flu and fever, pepper soup is very medicinal when taken hot, and it’s spices tackle all feelings of cold and chest congestion, and provide an almost instantaneous relief.
- Nutritional Value: zinc, protein, camphene, manganese, Alkaloids, Limonene, Folic acid, Vitamins: A, B1, B2, C and E
The Nigerian Peppersoup also contains a spice called African nutmeg (Monodora tenuifolia), an aromatic seed which is first roasted to release its flavours and then ground into a powdered form before adding into the soup. Research confirms that this spice helps in treating mild fevers and controls passive bleeding from the womb immediately after childbirth, controls heartbeat and blood pressure, and helps with kidney stones, treats insomnia (sleeplessness).
In traditional medicine practice, especially in many African countries, the African nutmeg is widely used to relieve toothache, dysentery, dermatitis, headache and as worm expeller.
Nutritional Value: potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium and vital B-complex vitamins, including vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A and many flavonoid anti-oxidants that are essential for optimum health.
Pepper Soup Spices also contain Phytonutrients, which help break down fat cells, and also increase metabolism. Pepper soup is a low-calorie meal (It’s Souper is 60 calories per serving). The water content keeps you full, while the pepper in the soup increases your metabolic rate, the meat or fish yields the required proteins and the garlic, onions, ginger etc. boost your immune system.
If soups had superpowers the Nigerian Pepper Soup would definitely be an Avenger.
So now that you know what this delicious soup is packed with here’s how you can enjoy It’s Souper Fish Pepper Soup with Potatoes if you want a more filling meal.
It’s Souper Fish Pepper Soup with Potatoes
- 1 3/4 pounds organic red boiling potatoes
- Its Souper Fish Pepper Soup (1 Litre)
- Optional – Add additional Mushrooms, Red/Green Chilli, or veggies of your choice
- Put potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water by 2 inches.
- Salt the water, bring to a boil over medium heat and cook the potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes.
- Drain and put the potatoes in a serving bowl.
- Open the tub of It’s Souper Fish Pepper Soup and pour contents into a pan.
- Add potatoes and Bring to a boil about 5 mins
- Optional: Add more veggies, cover and simmer for 5 more minutes.
- Turn off heat, Serve hot garnished with chopped Chilli
Have you tries Fish Pepper Soup? Let us know your thoughts on it or if you plan to give it a try.