Cozy up with a steaming bowl of homemade Ghanaian Light Soup! Made with fresh tomatoes and onions, this recipe is easy, nourishing, and delicious.
The Ghanaian Light Soup is one of the numerous African dishes or soups that has gained international acclaim.
Made from stemming fish and or meats with onions, garlic, and other spices, the soup goes with a lot of African foods.
Origin of Ghanaian Light Soup
As the name implies, the light soup originates from Ghana. The soup is native to the GaDangme people also known as the Ga people, located in the Greater Accra Region in Ghana.
Also known as Aklor, the light soup is formulated as a tomato-based sea fish light soup at first.
At this point, the soup was popular with the fishermen along the coast of Accra. But with time, the popularity of the soup grew and the content of the soup also grew to include goat meat, lamb meat, beef, and other meat of livestock of choice.
The increasing popularity of the soup also gave birth to the development of other dishes formed around this Ghanaian light soup.
For instance, there is the Komi Ke Aklor which is the Light Soup Garnished with Blended and Cooked Okro, and Yele Ke Aklor which is the Light Soup Garnished with chops of boiled yam, among others.
Ingredients Used For Ghanaian Light Soup
Tomatoes are a must-have when making the Ghanaian light soup.
Depending on the size or amount of soup you are planning on making you will need about four to five large tomatoes when making the light soup.
Apart from adding an impressive taste and flavor to the soup, tomatoes also contain important nutrients that help limit the risks of heart disease.
Chili Pepper or Habanero Pepper
As with most African dishes or soups, the Ghanaian light soup is never complete without the use of chili pepper or Habanero Pepper.
Both chili or habanero pepper spices up the soup and gives it an irresistibly delicious taste and flavor.
Though eggplant is not used in this recipe garden egg or eggplant is also another important ingredient in the making of Ghanaian light soup.
It adds an inviting aroma to the soup, and the fact that it can be processed in so many ways make it perfect for use in the soup.
The eggplant can be grilled, roasted, and stuffed before being added into the light soup.
There are also the nutritional benefits of eating eggplant which include the provision of fiber, potassium, Vitamin B6, and folic acid to the human body.
Variations and Substitution (Adding Meat)
The animal protein used in preparing the Ghanaian Light Soup can be varied and substituted with other options.
Therefore, instead of using fish, you can use meat such as goat, beef, or chicken.
How To Make This Pepper Soup
The full ingredient with the exact measurement is listed below to make this pepper soup. For now, here’s what you need to do make this Ghanaian soup with goat meat.
Clean and wash the meat thoroughly then season with salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and ginger.
Mix well and marinate for 2 hours or longer.
When ready to prepare the soup, steam the meat over medium high heat for about 15 minutes, covered.
Meanwhile, then add in the onion, tomatoes, peppers, and tomato paste with 8 cups of water. Cover and cook for about 40 minutes.
Reduce the heat to medium low. Remove the vegetables and pepper. Next, blend the vegetables with ½ cup water. Blend to a smooth consistency. Add the blended mixture to the meat. Stir well to combine.
Add in the shrimp powder (optional), and season with salt to taste. Cover and simmer on medium low heat for 20 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy.
How To Store The Ghanaian Pepper Soup
Storing the Ghanaian Light Pepper Soup is straightforward. You can store the light soup in a freezer or a refrigerator.
The option you choose depends on the duration you want to store the soup for.
If you are going to store the pepper soup for a long time, the freezer remains your best option as you can leave the soup in the freezer for months.
However, storing the soup in the refrigerator keeps it fresh for days or weeks at most.
How to Pair the Ghanaian Light Goat Soup
You can take the light soup with Haitian White rice, fufu, banku, and many other dishes native to the African continent.
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Ghanaian Light Pepper Soup
- 1 Stock pot
For The Goat Meat
- 2 ½ Goat Meat Cleaned and washed
- 1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt
- 1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
- 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 Tbsp. Ginger Powder
For The Soup
- 1 Small Red Onion Peeled and cut In Half
- 2 Roma Tomatoes Cut in half or leave whole
- 6 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
- 8 Cups Water
- 3 Habanero Pepper
- 1 Tbsp. Shrimp Powder Optional
- Salt and Pepper To Taste
Marinate The Meat
- Clean and wash the meat thoroughly then season with salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and ginger. Mix well and marinate for 2 hours or longer. When ready to prepare the soup, steam the meat over medium high heat for about 15 minutes, covered. Then add in the onion, tomatoes, peppers, and tomato paste with 8 cups of water. Cover and cook for about 40 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to medium low. Remove the vegetables and peppers. Next, blend the vegetables and the peppers with ½ cup water. Blend to a smooth consistency. Add the blended mixture to the meat. Stir well to combine. Add in the shrimp powder (optional), and season with salt to taste. Mix well. Cover and simmer on medium low heat for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy.
We made this soup for dinner last night and it was out of this world amazing! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
thank you very much.
We had this soup for dinner tonight and it was super tasty! thanks for the recipe!
Thank you very much
This soup is fabulous! I mean just look at it – not only it looks amazing but I bet it tastes even better. Yum!
Renee | The Good Hearted Woman
I’m not much for goat meat, but this is delicious made with dark turkey meat and roasted eggplant! I really enjoyed learning about the origins of this recipe, too.
Thank you, Renee