Efo Riro – Kale Efo Riro

Kale Efo Riro is simply Efo Riro, the popular Nigerian vegetable soup made with Kale leaves as its main vegetable leaves.

I already have a published recipe for Efo Riro on the blog (Click HERE to view it) so this is actually an updated version. You do not have to use just Kale leaves for this recipe, traditional leaves such as Ugu, Shoko, Tete and Spinach can also be used.


Kale Efo Riro


400g Kale Leaves , Washed and Chopped

4 Red Bell Peppers (Tatatshe)

2-3 Scotch Bonnet  (Ata rodo)

1/2 Cup Palm oil

1 Cup Meat or Chicken Stock

2 Medium Size Red Onions

1kg Boiled Assorted Meats of your choice (Shaki, Kpomo, cow leg, smoked turkey or beef are ideal)

Dried Stockfish, Shredded (panla)

Smoked Cat fish, Shredded

3 Tablespoons Locust beans (Iru)

1/2 Cup Raw/Smoked Prawns(optional)

2 Knorr Cubes

3 Tablespoons Ground Crayfish

Salt to taste


Blend the Scotch bonnets, Bell peppers and an Onion coarsely and set aside then chop the second Onion and set aside.


Place a medium size pot on medium heat. Add the Palm oil, leave to heat up for 2 minutes then add the Chopped onions, sauté till fragrant. Then add the Locust Beans, fry to release the flavour for another minute…


Then add half of the Crayfish, fry for a minute…


Now add the blended Pepper, two Knorr cubes and Salt to taste, leave to boil for 15-20 minutes thereabouts or until the pepper dries out and the size reduces by almost half..

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The pepper at this time needs to be a thickish consistency and the oil should have settled on the top…

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If the consistency is too thick, add a bit of the meat stock/ chicken stock, if you haven’t got stock, just add water, be careful not to add too much. Just one cup should do.
If you added Stock, allow to boil for 2-3 minutes to combine, then add the assorted meats, stir and combine. Leave to cook for 8-10 minutes…

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Then add the Prawns, the rest of the Crayfish, shredded Stockfish and Smoked Catfish…

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Combine and taste, adjust seasoning if required. Leave to cook for a further 5 minutes…

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Now add the Chopped Kale leaves, combine thoroughly. Leave to cook for 5 minutes…


Switch off the heat at this time, then leave to simmer with the residual heat for a further 2 minutes. Your Kale Efo Riro is ready…

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Enjoy with your favourite “Swallow”, Rice, Plantain or any other food you prefer…

Kale Efo Riro

We will be waiting on your feedback on this easy Kale Efo Riro recipe when you’ve had the chance to try it out. See you soon!

20 thoughts on “Efo Riro – Kale Efo Riro

  1. Amazing recipes. I check your blog everyday to give me an idea of what to cook. I have tried a lot of your recipes and they came out beautiful n tasty. At the moment checking to know what to prepare for dinner. God bless the hands of your work SISI JEMIMAH.

  2. To be honest i started visiting ur blog early this year and i must say I’m marvelled at what u do and i love how u dedicate ur time to list out the procedures and include pictures as well. Kudos to u and i hope u never relent. Please keep doing what ur good at. Ur blog is my favourite kos of how easy and realistic ur menus are. And the outcome of the meals I’ve tried are simply amazing. God bless u.

  3. Love it! Love it!! Love it!!!😘😘😘
    Made this recipe on Sunday and it was a blast 😆. My family enjoyed it so much thanks to your wealth of knowledge. I never knew Kale could taste so good. May you be richly blessed. Can’t stop advertising you to my friends.

    • Yay!!! Awesome feedback! I’m super glad you loved it! Amen to your prayer and thanks so much for the referrals, God bless you loads! Xx

  4. I have never really cooked with Kale before , but this recipe is so easy, I have already made it 2 times this week as it doesn’t last too long with my two boisterous kids and a heavy appetite hubby.. They all love it. Thanks for uploading.

    • Yay! Awesome feedback! I’m glad the recipe worked great for you. Thanks for taking the time to leave a feedback. You’re very welcome..

  5. Hello Sisi, I cant seem to get a decent brand of palm oil in the UK. The taste is not quite the same as we get back home in Nigeria and turns pink after a few weeks. Can you recommend a good brand here in the UK? Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Hi Winnie, sorry for the late response. I use Olu Olu Authentic Palm oil. It’s the best I’ve ever tried. I’m sure you’ll love it…You’re very welcome and thank you.

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