Óta (Raw Soup)

Óta (Raw Soup)


I was quite intrigued when my then help shared this recipe with me about 7 years ago. It’s a staple local recipe in her village in Oja Odan in Ogun state.

Raw Soup! I had never heard of it. Even stranger was the idea that the soup was eaten with starchy staples like Fufu, Eko, Eba, boiled yam, boiled plantain, accompanied with fried fish. Raw soup is eaten in some parts of Ghana, Benin Republic and some other parts of Nigeria, the name varies across different cultures.

Being the foodie that I am i knew i was going to try it, and to be honest it’s not bad, it’s actually a pleasant surprise, that is how I’d describe the taste.


  • Tomatoes
  • Pepper
  • Onions
  • Salt
  • Bouillon cubes
  • Vegetable oil
I used a higher ratio of tomatoes, very little pepper and onions


Roughly grind all ingredients together. Traditionally a mortar and pestle is used to grind it all to a rough mash. I use a blender, I pulse briefly to get my desired texture.

This goes really well with grilled fish. Try it with fried yam, sweet potatoes, you’d like it.

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