Edikaikong-soup-recipe is well sort after. Any wonder? It is highly nutritious and taste amazing. Edikiakong soup is an African vegetable soup traditionally prepared with sliced fluted pumpkin (ugu) leaves mixed with water leaves, an assorted selection of meat, stockfish, edible periwinkle, palm oil, and . Fresh fish and prawns are sometimes included where available. You can put any meat, fish or sea products you fancy, you are in charge.
Edikaikong soup is served with pounded yam, Eba, Fufu or Semovita.
Also called Edikaikon soup, it is one of the richest and most popular Nigerian soups. Originally a food of the Ibibios and Efiks of South East Nigeria, it has gained both national and international recognition.
The fluted pumpkin leaf (Telfairia occidentalis) is reputed to be highly rich in dietary iron, calcium and magnesium. It is also of great medicinal value. Research shows that this vegetable has great antioxidant capabilities, helping to restore damage to our cells and skin, protect our heart and enhance youth. It also protects against liver damage caused by agents like paracetamol and other toxins (Pak J Biol Sci. 2007 Aug 15;10(16):2682-7). No wonder eating edikaikong soup makes you fresher and younger!
The pumpkin leave is not readily available in the West (Europe and America), but may be found in it's dried form in many African food shops. It is also called the Ugu leaf. The Ibibio's call the leaf Nkong Ubong, Efiks call it Ikong Ubong the Ghanaians Krobonku and the Sierra Leonians Gonugbe. This leaf is mostly cultivated in tropical Africa e.g. Ghana and Nigeria also in Sri lanka, India, Hong Kong and Malaysia to mention a few.
If you are unable to get dried Ugu leave, you can substitute wth collard greens.
The second leaf used in the preparation of Edikaikong soup is what is called bolki in Cameron, and Waterleaf in Nigeria and many parts of the world. It is also called Talinum or Ceylon spinach (Talinum triangulare).
Like ugu leaves, waterleaf is rich in many esential vitamins. It is specifically rich in vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), both of which help in the processing of glucose in the body - hence it very good for diabetics. It is also rich in iron, magnesium, calcium and protein.
You can substitute spinach leaf for waterleaf if you live outside Africa, and can not get waterleaf for your edikaikong soup.
You can begin to see why edikaikong soup is truly nutritious. And the reciple can allow for different vegetables that are seasonal and available in the region you live. Just understand the basics and work with you have. All vegetables are packed with goodness.
This is only a guide on how to cook edikaikong soup. Some variations exists, depending on availability and choice of ingredients as well as personal choice. Here is the recipe: