Asusu or Esusu, this for me means the same thing, although, I prefer to say ESUSU!
Esusu is a corn meal delicacy that is very common in Abia state.
Any Abiriba or Ohafia man or woman will tell you that this meal is a delight any day.
Asusu or Esusu depending on how you pronounce the word is a combination of maize or corn, fresh or dry pepper and salt, including some seasonings.
The combination is blended into a puree and scooped into small esusu, banana, plantain or moimoi leaves before being steamed over moderate heat.
When the meal is set, a plate of ugbogoro or ugbooo soup is served alongside the meal. Let’s visit the kitchen and prepare the soup!
Recipe for 2 servings:
1 bunch pumpkin (ugbo-goro)
2 cups okro (chopped)
1 cooking spoon palm oil
1 large onion, sliced
3 tablespoons ground crayfish
4 fresh peppers (crushed)
4 pieces smoked fish or any dry fish
1-kilogram assorted meat
1 large stockfish
Salt and seasoning to taste
1 cup of periwinkle snail [isam]
*Wash the pumpkin in salted water and shred.
* Set the vegetables aside.
* Cook the meat, fish and stock-fish with salt and seasoning to taste.
* When tender, add the periwinkles, the palm oil, crayfish, and stir until the mixture is thoroughly mixed.
* Add the peppers and onions before adding the okro and the pumpkin leaves.
* Stir and serve with the corn meal wrapped in leaves, you know what I mean- the esusu, of course.
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