OFE ACHARA[ ACHARA SOUP] 
 
 
Ofe Achara is a delicious soup that is common in Abia, Eboyin and Imo States.
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It is a special elephant grass – like plant that is usually shredded into tiny bits and chunks and cooked with either egusi, achi or offor.
 Other important assorted ingredients usually go as accompaniment to make the soup tasty. The taste is better on your taste bud. Let’s just get to the kitchen. Any swallow like akpu, fufu, pounded yam, or eba can go with this soup.
 
Due to the freshness of the vegetables, essential nutrients like vitamins, are fully embedded in this soup. 
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The already made shredded type can be bought in any food market where soup things are sold around town. Just tell the market woman you want ‘Achara’

Recipe for 4 servings: 
2 cups of shredded already made achara leaves
 2 cooking spoons palm oil
 Seasoning and salt to taste
2 cups ground egusi (melon)
1 kilogramme offals [assorted meat]
5 big  snails[ deshelled and cleaned]
1 large stock fish [chunked]
2 large mangala or okpo fish [cleaned]
3  fresh Cameroon  pepper[shredded]
3 tablespoons ground crayfish.
1 bunch okazi leaves [shredded] or
A handful of shredded of bitter leaves

Method
Wash, season and cook the meat, fish and stock fish with salt and seasoning for 40 minutes. Cut the achara leaves as normal, wash and add to the pot. Add the cleaned snail [make sure you clean with alum, salt or lime] and allow boiling for 10 minutes. Pour it into the cooked meat stock, then stir and add the pepper, palm oil and the ground egusi. Allow to cook for few minutes, taste for  salt and simmer for few minutes  before adding the shredded okazi leaves or bitter leaves, cook for 2 minutes and serve with fufu, eba or pounded yam. 

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