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Recipe – Unripe Plantain, Catfish Pepper Soup – aka ”Ukodo”

Unripe plantain and yam pepper soup is one delicacy you would love to try. I call it the healthiest food in the world because it is rich in Iron and protein. This delicacy, known as ”Ukodo” in Delta state is  mostly  prepared to entertain guest during an occasion or used to help a nursing mother get the essential nourishment she deserves.

If you have tasted the pepper soup spice from Delta state,You’ll believe me when I confidently say that the original pepper soup recipe and ingredients come from Delta *smiling* if you’ve not tasted any from that area then  you should.

Below are the necessary ingredients you need . But, should you find it difficult to get the listed ingredients as they might not be widely known. You could just ask for pepper soup spice from a trusted Igbo food stuff seller.

  • Goat meat/ Cat Fish
  • Yam tube
  • Iwo/Ehuru  (that’s what gives the pepper soup aroma)
  • Urheri /Uda  (you take out the seed and discard)
  • Irugeje (21/2 tsb)
  • Umilo/Ulima
  • Ground Crayfish
  • Ataiko/Atariko 1/2 tsb
  • Ground Peppr
  • Seasoning cubes
  •  Salt


  •  After proper washing, cut the Cat fish or Goat meat in small pieces and place in a pot to boil, season as usual.
  • Crack open the Umilo, Gbafilo and Iwo, alongside ataiko and irugeje and dry blend the contents  You can add a bit of ground crayfish so that it blends easily.
  • If you are using goat meat, when meat is half way done, cut up chunks of yam and plantain, add to the pot with the meat inside so it cooks together. But should you be using Cat fish, boil the unripe plantain and yam first, add the cat fish and the ingredients.
  • Add your ground spices as listed above including- pepper, ataiko, irugeje, iwo, umilo, gbafilo, crayfish
  • Add seasoning cubes and salt to taste but be mindful of the quantity you add as earlier you might have use salt while boiling the goat meat.
  • Cover and allow to cook for 20 minutes and serve hot with your favourite drink.


CatFish Pepper Soup

Catfish pepper soup popularly called point and kill in Nigeria is usually sold and eaten at local bars and restaurants. The name point and kill is used because when customers arrive at the restaurant and order for fresh catfish pepper soup, they usually point at the live fish and it is killed and prepared immediately for you.

I enjoy having my Pepper soup with white rice, while some people enjoy having their pepper soup with boiled yam or boiled plantain when taken as a meal.


4 medium size catfish

1 lime

3 table spoons Pepper soup mixed spice

2 tea spoons dry blended hot chilli

100g fresh prawns

2 pints water or stock

1 bunch scent leaf, chopped

1 cube maggi seasoning

1 cups of crayfish

1 bulb onions

Salt to taste

To make your own pepper soup mix you will need equal portions of ;  allspice seed, anise pepper, anise seeds, cloves, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, dried ginger, fennel seeds, tamarind pulp and ground pepper. (blend)


Pepper soup spice


Have the fishmonger kill and the clean fish. Slice into pieces. At home, wash the fish thoroughly with lime to remove any sticky dirt orensure you have boil hot water and pour on the pieces of fish leave for one minutes and remove immediately. This ensures it toughens the skin of the fish so it does not fall apart.

Place washed fish aside in a clean bowl.

Cut onions into tiny pieces

Pick and wash the scent leaves and chop them with your fingers into tiny small pieces.


In a clean pot, place the pieces of fish, pour 2­-3 cups water to cover the fish, add the stock cubes and bring to the boil.

Once fish is boiling, add fresh prawns, mix pepper soup spice, onions, crayfish and scent leaves and continue cooking.

When fish is done, add salt to taste and leave for 5 minutes to simmer and its ready to be serve!

Serve with chilled juice or beer.

Goat Meat Pepper Soup


 Goat meat is a healthy alternative to beef and chicken because of its lower calorie, fat and cholesterol totals.Far leaner than beef, it is excellent for those watching their waistline.Well am not watching mine cos am slim hehe….!

I enjoy making this recipes on weekends cos it keeps my hubby from stepping out and guess what? he relaxes and watches his football on TV. Lol…


  • 1kg Goatmeat 1/2 tsp
  • Ground Ehuru seeds Pepper (Grounded)
  • 2 Maggi Cubes
  • 1 Onion bulb
  • Scent Leaf, mint leaf
  • Salt to taste
  • Tradtional aromatic peppersoup spices (optional) 


Set a medium size pot on medium heat, add in the washed goat meat.

Season the meat properly with 1 cube of knorr maggi, onion and salt.

Add about 3cups of water Cook till the meat is soft

Add the pepper soup spices and grounded pepper

Add the scent leaf and Salt to taste

Allow to boil for 5minutes and it’s ready to be serve

I enjoy having my Pepper soup with white rice, while some people enjoy having their pepper soup with boiled yam or boiled plantain when taken as a meal.