If you are planning to hold a typical Igbo traditional wedding and you don’t have any of this food on your menu then you have to think again. I have listed a few of them here. The Igbo people are socially and culturally unique, blessed with rich and nutritious food. The purpose of this post is to give you an idea of what is expected of you especially in the area of food. This will also help you on menu budgeting for dream Igbo wedding.
Uha soup and cassava ball (fufu): Uha soup (ofe uha) is a delicacy that is present in most Igbo occasions – traditional wedding ceremony, child dedication, house warming, new yam festival, August meeting etc. This soup is more common with the people of Anambra. Uha soup is prepared specially for occasions. Ingredient…. Uha leaf, water, palm oil, seasoning and salt, water pepper, onion, thickener e.g. achi. Crayfish, smoked fish, big stock fish, bush meat, Assorted meat, kpomo etc.
Bitter leaf soup (ofe onugbu):This is also an important dish on the menu of most Igbo occasion – traditional wedding ceremony etc. This soup is eaten with fufu (cassava ball), pounded yam, garri (eba). ofe onugbu. Bitter leaf can also be employ in cooking other soups, some of which are widely eaten across Nigeria – Egusi and bitterleaf soup. The versatility of this leaf cannot be over stretch. This leaf has been found to be medicinal – its speed up metabolism, therefore good for weight loss, it reduces high sugar level. Ingredient– Cocoyam is use as a thickener and it is the most important ingredient used in preparing this soup. Cocoyam is also use in cooking other soups. Cocoyam soup (ofe ede) is also a popular delicacy with the igbo people. Other ingredient use in making bitter leaf /ofe onugbuare; bitter leaf, palm oil, assorted meat, seasoning/salt, fresh fish, stock fish, pepper, etc.
Igbo traditional wedding is not complete without dessert, there are two popular dessert served in wedding today; the African salad (Abacha with Ugba) and then Nkwobi.
Hope this post has helped someone out there who is confused on what to serve guest at his/her Igbo wedding reception.
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