Edikaikong soup is a popular Calabar soup that is common in the south southern part of Nigeria. It is very popular and the reason why many want to learn how to cook edikaikong soup. It is very similar to vegetable soup, the major difference being the addition of waterleaf. Like pepper soup and melon soup, edikaikong soup has several health benefits.
Knowing how to cook edikaikong soup will also cover essential parts of how to cook Afang soup and editan soup. This is because the processes are very similar.
In this article, I have described simple step by step procedures on how to cook edikaikong soup like a typical Calabar woman even if you come from other parts of the country.
The Process followed in making Edikaikong soup is similar to the one in making editan or afang soup, there are just little differences based on ingredients.
List of ingredients (Recipes) for Edikaikong Soup
Before you get to the step by step guide on how to cook edikaikong soup, here is a comprehensive list of all recipes or ingredients for edikaikong soup:
1. Sliced Pumpkin leaves
3. Protein (meat)
4. Palm oil
9. Dry fish
Procedures on How to Cook Edikaikong Soup
Below is a comprehensive step by step guide on how to cook edikaikong soup like a typical Calabar woman even if you have not done it before:
1. Prepare your fresh meat and cook it properly until done. Cook with very small water then add properly washed and checked stockfish and smoked fish and cook for 2-4minutes to soften the stockfish.
2. Add waterleaf to the sauce made from cooking your meat and stockfish and cook for 1-2 minutes.
3. Add properly washed dry fish, crayfish and other seasonings and cook for 1-2 minutes.
4. Add palm oil (an amount that is equal to the quantity of our soup) and cook for 1-2 minutes.
5. Mix properly and add your well washed vegetable (pumpkin) leave.
6. Add well washed periwinkle
7. Cook for 1-2 minutes and food is ready.
NB: Always watch the amount of water you use in the process, except you like watery soups.
Health Benefits of Edikaikong soup
Since edikaikong soup is rich in several minerals, vitamins and other bioactive agents such as Protein, Fiber, Folic acid. Carbohydrate, Calcium, Iron, Phosphor, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Selenium, Potassium, Vitamin E, the food has several health benefits including aphrodisiac properties, antioxidant properties and is also good for better bones.
The following are the health benefits of edikaikong soup:
Good source of antioxidant
Due to its rich vitamins and minerals, edikaikong soup serves as a good source of anticancer agents in the body. These antioxidants help to fight and prevent occurrences of cancerous cells that may lead to cancerous tissues in the body.
Better and stronger bone formation
Due to its rich calcium and other mineral contents, edikaikong soup is essential for better and stronger bone formation and maintenance. Like melon soup, eating edikaikong soup helps to promote better and stronger bones in the body.
Good source of energy
Edikaikong soup is a great source of energy due to its protein and carbohydrate content. The soup helps to promote better energy and mental relaxation necessary for improved working conditions in humans.
Essential source of Vitamins
Edikaikong soup contains several vitamins like Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. These are essential sources of vitamins for good skin, sound nervous systems and overall better health.
Edikaikong soup is also made with periwinkles like afang and editan soup, the soup helps for better muscle development and smoothening of the skin due to its protein and fibre constituents.
Edikaikong soup is a good soup of vitamin E which has been implicated in the treatment of sexual dysfunction. The vitamins constituents help in increased blood flow and also helps to improve the nervous system. The increased blood flow is essential for better sexual performance effects.
Edikaikong soup has several health benefits and should be one of the foods on your menu regularly. Essential constituents of the food like proteins and vitamins give a special health benefit of edikaikong soup that other soups do not possess.
The embedded video below gives you a visual guide on how to cook edikaikong soup like a typical Calabar woman.
Like it is with all cooking, whether it is how to cook edikaikong soup, how to cook melon soup, how to cook pepper soup or other soups, ensure that all ingredients used are properly washed in order to avoid poisoning and ingesting other forms of diseases.