Well I love Nigeria and Nigeria loves its food, so in short I love Nigerian food. Ogbono soup (Draw Soup) is a rich, nutrition-packed Nigerian soup made from ogbono seeds (ground African mango seeds), palm oil, assorted meats, and traditional spices. It packs a lot of bold and rich flavors and is incredibly delicious!


  • 1 cup ogbono seeds

  • 1 lb beef

  • 8 oz shaki (tripe)

  • 12 oz cow feet

  • ¾ cup palm oil

  • 1 cups chopped spinach or your choice of leafy greens

  • 1 cup chopped onions

  • 1 tbsp bouillon powder or 2 maggi stock cubes

  • 1 tbsp ground crayfish

  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper

  • 2 cups meat stock

  • 2 cups water

  • salt to taste


  • Cook all the meat you’re going to use, with some salt, pepper and bouillon powder until it becomes tender.

  • Chop the spinach and onions and set aside.

  • If using whole ogbono seeds, grind it using a mortar and pestle set or a coffee grinder. Skip if using pre-ground seeds.

  • When the assorted meats are ready, drain the stock out but save some of the stock so you can use it to flavor the ogbono soup.

  • In another pot, add some palm oil on low heat and add the ogbono seeds to it.

  • Mix in the ogbono seeds and break any lumps with a serving spoon. Stir until it’s thoroughly coated.

  • Add the stock from the cooked meats and stir.

  • Add water and stir until you reach your desired thickness.

  • Bring to a boil, then set to low heat and let it cook for about 10 minutes, stirring intermittently.

  • Add in the meats, bouillon powder, cayenne pepper, crayfish.

  • Taste for salt and add some if needed.

  • If it becomes too thick, add a little more water.

  • Let simmer for about 10 minutes.

  • Add the chopped spinach and let simmer on low for about 2 more minutes.

  • Your ogbono soup is ready to serve!