Marugbo Soup (also known as Eweta)

Dimple Tee Kay By Dimple Tee Kay, 29th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Read about a medicinal and very nutritious soup delicacy amongst the peculiar riverine tribes in Ondo State, South-West Nigeria in West Africa. Every new mum enjoys this after labour.

Marugbo Soup

From time immemorial, the popular people of Ilaje, Ikale and Apoi, of the Ijaw decent all in Ondo State, South West Nigeria; West Africa to be precise, have enjoyed the taste of Marugbo leaves in native soup delicacies. Marugbo leaf is from a green shrub common in the riverine area of Ondo state called Marugbo (botanical name) belonging to the family Clerodendrum. This leaf transforms the aroma and taste of soups and can be blended in either fresh or dried. The dryer the leaf the darker the finished soup content. The most common soup featuring this leaf is called Marugbo; which is also referred to as Eweta soup by the Ikale's. These leaves have great nutritional,herbal and medicinal value.
It contains very high amount of zinc and iron,important in many enzyme function and keeping the skin fresh. It is mostly known for stimulating lost appetite and replenishing vitality for mothers who just put to bed. The delicacy is mostly prepared with a little melon seed and fresh fish. It is mostly eaten with solid carbohydrates like the native cassava dough called Kpukpuru or pounded yam. Marugbo is also a delicacy served to important dignitaries or visitors and on special occasions. It is a simply delicious but re-freshening dish.


- Marugbo leaves ( a handful)
- 1 Red sweet pepper (Bell peppers)
- 1 Onion
- Egusi or melon seeds ( to act as a little thickener)
- 1 spoon of tomato paste or puree
- Rudo ( 3 small chilli red peppers)
- Knoor or stock cubes
- A quater spoon of authentic pepper-soup spices and salt to taste
- Tilapia Fish
- 1 cooking spoon of red oil


- Clean fish and set aside.
- Blend peppers, onion, marugbo and bitter leave together.
- Pour out content in a pot
- Add the red oil, chicken stock cubes or fish stock cubes, pepper-soup spices, tomato paste and bring to boil for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Include the Fish and simmer till tender.
- Add a little egusi ( melon seeds) if it's little too watery.
- Include salt to taste.
..and viola - it's ready to eat with any of you choice swallow. I add mine with oatmeal. The real home land recipe goes with kpukpuru ( local fufu).


African Culture, African Delicacy, Food And Health, Herbs, Nigerian Food, Nigerian-Communities, Ondo Recipe

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A very versatile mother; originally from Africa and leaving in the UK. I love, supporting less privileged kids and other mothers in my community. I would be promoting inspirational knowledge on these.

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author avatar Ayoola
25th Nov 2014 (#)

You're a life i've been looking on how to make this meal, i miss my mother cooking this special meal for me now i'm glad you post this so i can make it myself :-)

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author avatar Meshe Titilayo
17th Mar 2015 (#)

I like this post its My native soup.

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author avatar Olugbenga
27th Jun 2015 (#)

Yea, Marugbo soup is a really delicious refreshing soup,and it is my favorite. The botanical name of marugbo is Clerodendrum volubile. At times, a little of iteji leaves (Gongronema latifolium) is blended with the marugbo leaves.

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author avatar Olugbenga
12th Jul 2015 (#)

Marugbo can also be written and pronounced as marigbo.

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author avatar Akenyinbode
2nd Aug 2015 (#)

Soup from my native land, please, is it good 4 pregnant women?

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author avatar Yinka
29th Jan 2017 (#)

I love marugbo, I was introduced to it some years back when I was ill and lost appetite for days.

Within 30 minutes of eating, my appetite was restored. Since then it's being a delicacy for me

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author avatar Elizabeth
18th Aug 2017 (#)

Is this soup good for pregnant women without any side effect?

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