Preparing Okra Soup - My Favourite Meal as a Child

Today I decided to prepare a meal I used to enjoy as a child. I used to enjoy this so much that it actually was my favourite meal as a child. I made a dish called Okra soup. Nigerian Okra soup is simply a stewed okra soup recipe and it is a very popular delicacy among almost all ethnic groups.

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Okra soup is very popular across Nigeria and it is prepared from sliced okra fruit, meat, crayfish, seasoning cubes, salt, pepper, etc. Okro soup can be eaten with different kinds of "swallow" foods. Swallow foods are pliable yet firm doughy meals including pounded yam, eba, amala, starch, fufu, and many more. The pliable texture makes it easy to eat with your hand with a soup or stew.


Ingredients

  • Okra Fruit

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  • Meat. (You can use any kind of meat or chicken. I used offals). I prefer using offals to lean beef because they add a unique flavour to the soup.

Offals


  • Smoked Hake fish (known locally here as panla fish)

Panla Fish


  • Dried shrimps

Dried Shrimps


  • Smoked cowhide (known locally as kpomo or kanda)

Kpomo


  • Stockfish

Stockfish


  • Fluted pumpkin leaves (known locally as ugwu leaves)
  • Salt
  • Seasoning

  • Fresh scotch bonnet pepper

Fresh Scotch Bonnet Peppers


  • Cameroon pepper

Highly aromatic and spicy made from dried Scotch Bonnet Peppers It adds a distinctive taste to dishes. The “Cameroon” part of its name refers to the drying process.

Cameroon Pepper


  • Dried and ground scotch bonnet pepper
  • Palm oil

Palm Oil


  • Onions

Steps

The first step to making okra soup is cooking the meat and the other fish.

  • I washed and cut the meat, kanda, stock fish and smoked fished and set them aside.
  • The kanda has to be cut into tiny pieces as shown below.

Chopped Kpomo


  • I washed and chopped the fresh scotch bonnet pepper and ugwu leaves and set them aside.

De-stemmed Peppers

Finely Chopped Pepper

Chopped Ugwu Leaves


  • I washed the okra fruits and chopped them into small bit. You can decide to grind or pound it into a finer consistency.

  • I added the meat and kanda into a pot and cooked for about 15 minutes along with some part of the fresh pepper, dried peppers, salt, seasoning and onions and set aside.

Meat + Pepper + Seasoning + Chopped Onions

Stirred

Cooked Meat + Kpomo


  • I did the same for the smoked fish, stick fish and dried shrimp for about 10 minutes and set them aside.

Cooked Smoked Fish + Stock Fish


  • Into an empty pot, I added the cooked meat and fish along with the broth.
  • I added the chopped-up fresh pepper, palm oil and more seasoning to taste and allowed the whole mixture to cook for another five minutes.


  • I added the chopped up okra into the boiling mixture and allowed this to cook for another ten minutes. It is imperative not to close the pot when the okra is added as this tends to reduce the slime associated with the okra. Retaining the slimy nature of the soup is a vital part of it's preparation process.

  • I then added the fresh chopped-up ugwu leaves and cooked for another five minutes.

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And that is it. The meal is ready to be served. I served it up with eba and absolutely enjoyed my meal. Preparing eba is quite easy and straightforward. Just mix up garri (cassava flakes) into boiling water and stir until it forms a dough.


Made with love by @pjay96



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Hi there, @pjay96. 😃 You made my mouth water with this tantalising sight of one of my favourite soups. It's one of the soup starters I fed my sons with when they were babies. The sight of the offals and panla gives the soup a nice aroma! 😃😃

This is well done. Thanks for sharing. 😊

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I'm glad you like it. Thanks for dropping by.

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Hi @pjay96 I love the process you used in making the okra soup and it's one of my favorite soup too so I will try this your method.

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What a delicious food, in Venezuela we know the okra under the name of "chimbombo" we usually consume them tender, they have a delicious flavor, thank you very much for sharing this recipe, greetings.

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Interesting. I will research to see how you guys make yours.

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Oi, you can cook mate 😯
That soup looks so good 😋

The procedure is so simple, but maybe not for a novice like me 😅

!discovery 35

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