Goat meat pepper soup is one of the mostly-enjoyed variants of locally made pepper soup. Although you are most likely to find it at restaurants and beer parlors across the country, you can prepare it at home in less than 5 minutes.
If you have ever tasted goat meat pepper soup prepared with a Yoruba recipe, you will know for sure that nothing else comes close. The look, taste, and spice will literally set your taste buds on fire.
The Yoruba goat meat pepper soup recipe has been adopted in several Nigerian homes and the meal is taken alone or accompanied with Eko (cornmeal), rice amidst other delicacies.
Ingredients for Goat Meat pepper soup
Preparing goat meat pepper soup using the Yoruba recipe is quite interesting compared to others. Although you don’t need to break the bank to prepare a Yoruba goat meat pepper soup, you may need to spend more to get the best.
Here are the popular ingredients used in preparing goat meat pepper soup:
Goat Meat: This is the most important ingredient in making your pepper soup. You may choose to use chicken, catfish, or any fish for your pepper soup, but goat meat is particularly common among the Yoruba people.
The legs of the goat (known as Bokoto) are very important for you to call it a Yoruba goat meat pepper soup.
Ginger: Ginger is another important ingredient in your pepper soup. If you are determined to step up your flavors, then ginger is an ingredient you should never leave out.
You can slice fresh ginger into your pepper soup, or make use of ginger powder if you don’t like the chunks.
Garlic: Asides from pepper soup, I try to include garlic in many meals due to its variety of health benefits. However, garlic has a very strong flavor, so you should not use more than 2-3 cloves in your pepper soup.
You should also note that the usage of garlic in your pepper soup is completely optional; it is not necessary.
Onion: Of course, you wouldn’t want to leave out the onion from your goat meat pepper soup. It will add to the soup’s spiciness and also improve its health benefits.
Pepper soup spices: You can’t call it pepper soup if it does not contain vital pepper soup spices. If you are following the Yoruba recipe, then you must surely include scent leaf (Efinrin) in your pepper soup.
Scent leaf gives your soup the aroma and also adds to its spice. Other spices include alligator pepper, pimento seeds, and black pepper to name a few.
You can get all of these spices at the market or any African store around you. All you have to do is ask for pepper soup spice and they will provide you with all you need.
How to prepare goat meat pepper soup in 5 minutes
Goat Meat Pepper Soup (Yoruba Recipe)
- 1 lb goat meat and shaki
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 small onions
- 6 scotch bonnets (Tatashe)
- Chopped basil/scent leaf (Efinrin)
- 1 tb Cameroon pepper
- 3 seasoning cubes
- ½ tb nutmeg
- 1 tb pepper soup spice
- 5 cups of water
Let’s see how you can quickly make goat meat pepper soup in your home:
The first step is to wash your meat. I’ll always advise you to wash your meat thoroughly with salt. This way, you can get rid of any dirt or contaminant on it.
Next, you should boil your meat. Boiling your meat before cooking in the pepper soup is important so it can get softened a little.
To boil your meat, slice onion, garlic, and ginger in a pot, add your meat, and add little water. You should also add salt and seasoning to taste. Light up your cooker and boil for at least 30 minutes on medium heat.
After cooking your meat, add 4 cups of water to the pot. Next, season with nutmeg, pepper soup spice, and a little more salt to taste. You can also add crayfish or boiled plantain if you love it that way.
Let it cook for 15-20 minutes before proceeding to the next step.
Next, add your scent leaf (Efinrin) and chopped tatashe to garnish. Let the mixture simmer for 1 minute and serve hot.
What can I use to enjoy Goat Meat Pepper soup?
Pepper soup must always be served hot to get the best out of it. You can drink it alone or eat it with accompaniments. Here are some delicacies you can enjoy your goat meat pepper soup with;
- Eko (Cornmeal): Eko and pepper soup combo is irresistible and you are sure to always want more. It is common in the Yoruba culture and is enjoyed by dipping the cornmeal into the soup with a spoon or fork.
- Yam: Yam is one of the most popular food combined with goat meat pepper soup! This is regardless of your tribe and locality. You’d always have the best experience combining Yam and Goat meat Pepper soup!
- Bread: You might be familiar with using bread to eat pepper soup and it is also a great combo. The bread soaks up the spicy soup and adds a nice texture to the meal.
- Plantain: You can also enjoy your goat meat pepper soup with fried or boiled plantains. It is a popular side dish to accompany pepper soup. The sweet and starchy flavor of plantains provides a nice contrast to the spiciness of the soup.
- Rice: Some people like to eat their pepper soup with a side of plain boiled rice. The rice can be mixed with the soup, enhancing the flavors and creating a filling meal.
- Swallow: Eating with a swallow is another way to enjoy pepper soup. There are various types of swallows in Nigerian cuisine, including eba, fufu, amala, or pounded yam. You can create a complete and satisfying meal by scoping up the paper soup with any of these starchy foods.
- Goat meat pepper soup can be enjoyed with a cold glass of Palmwine too. I know you’re beginning to imagine things! Vivid Imagination right?
Remember to be cautious while eating pepper soup, as it can be quite spicy, depending on the quantity of spices you have used.
You should have a chilled glass of water or a refreshing beverage nearby to help cool down the heat sensation if needed. Enjoy your pepper soup!