Okra Soup

Okra soup (sauce)? Okra, the nutritious finger-like vegetable is the main ingredients for this delicious sauce. Okra is gaining popularity in recent years because of its health benefits. Okra has sometimes been ignored, for its "slimy" characteristics. However, on a closer look, you will soon discover that shouldn't be the case.

When I was growing up, eating vegetables was not my favourite (typical of children). However, there was one vegetable sauce I looked forward to and, that was okra sauce. It was my comfort food. Enjoy this delicious sauce as well as its disease-fighting benefits.

Benefits Of Okra?

.Time magazine's May 2020 issue listed okra on its list of 100 disease-fighting foods. And for good reasons. Okra is an excellent source of antioxidants,  it could lower blood sugar and could help in reducing the risks of chronic health conditions like cancer and heart diseases. Now let us jump to the recipe

How To Cook Okra Soup

Okra soup

Servings: 6

Prep Time: 40min

Cooking Time: 40min

Ingredients

  • 4 cups diced okra
  • 10-12 grilled chicken thigh or drumsticks
  • 750g cow feet
  • 750g tripe
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large dried fish, cleaned, deboned then,  set aside
  • 1 cup grilled prawn (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried paprika
  • 2 tablespoons grounded crayfish
  • 1/4 cup palmoil
  • salt to taste

Method

Clean the tripe and cow feet, cut off any fat, then, transfer to a pot along with about a litre of water with the chopped onion, a little of the dried paprika and salt. Cooking may take about 40 minutes to one hour. Organic meats are tougher but healthier options. Cook on medium-high heat.

When cow feet and tripe are tender, add the dried fish and another litre of water or chicken stock if you have any in your fridge. Continue cooking on medium-low for 10 minutes.

Pour in the palm oil and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

Stir in the dried pepper and crayfish, 5 minutes.

Stir in chopped okra and cook for about 5 minutes, then stir in chopped spinach and cook for another 5 minutes.

Serve immediately with eba, fufu, pounded yam, on a bed of rice or as you like it.

Recipe provided by www.AfricanFoods.co.uk

Okra is a very versatile vegetable (botanically a fruit). Treat it the same way as you would kale, broccoli or any other green vegetable. Stir-fry, steam, roast, the choice is yours. Give this great vegetable a try and look out for more recipes with okra.

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