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HOW TO MAKE NIGERIAN OKRO SOUP

Okro soup is one of the most popular soups in Nigeria which unites all the regions in the country together. This delicious Vegetable Soup is one of the easiest soups to prepare, it is a simple, quickest and stress-free soup idea to make at home, it is equally a healthy soup for those watching their weight and this is due to its low-calorie content.

Okro soup is a slimely slippery which is majorly eaten with swallows e.g Semovita, Eba e.t.c. But surprisingly, have actually seen some people from the south-west in Nigeria Ondo state to be precise actually eating this soup with rice; so you can actually eat this soup with whatever you choose.

I mentioned earlier that this soup cut across all regions so every tribe has its own for the soup. It is called ofe okuru by the Igbos, Ila Alasepo by the Yorubas and miyar kubewa by the Hausas.

This soup can be prepared in so many ways (it is not a one-way thing) but a lot of people like to prepare the plain okro soup because it is very easy to make especially if you are caught up with time. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make plain okro; you only need your finely chopped okro or grated okro to make the soup.

Here in Nigeria, you can prepare this soup in different ways and also play around with ingredients, vegetables and even spices. For instance, you can make your okro soup with Ogbona, okro soup with uziza or even okro pepper soup(Talking about the spice aspect). You can also enjoy cooking okro soup with catfish; this is good especially for kids and sick patients.

Okro soup is very nutritious and contains nutrients such as:  vitamin C,B6,K, Magnesium infact this is just a few i have mentioned.

SUPER HEALTH BENEFITS OF OKRO SOUP

  • Okro is a great source of fiber which helps you feel full for longer, this will keep you from snacking after eating.
  • It helps with your digestion process and this is due to the high fibre. High fibre content is actually good for the digestive tract and this helps to keep you going every time. This not only helps to keep fit but also makes you healthier overall.
  • It’s a diuretic which means it helps to detoxify your system and helps you to shed any excess water weight. It is very good for de-bloating.
  • It’s a low-calorie vegetable and this will help you to satisfy your hunger and help you to stay trim. The low caloric count of okro means that you can eat as much as you want.
  • It helps in fighting cancer that is why it is packed with antioxidants, okro provides a lot of support to cells in fighting off free-radicals that may lead to cancer.
  • It stabilizes blood sugar levels, Okra’s fibre content helps to slow down the rate of sugar absorption in the digestive tract.
  • It boosts the immune system. The healthy fibre in okro feeds a lot of bacteria in our intestines, this, in turn, helps to build our immunity against viruses and infection.
  • It can help to reduce asthma symptoms. Okro contains a powerful dose of vitamin C which can be linked to easing respiratory issues like asthma.

INGREDIENTS

  • Cut pieces of beef, assorted meat and kpomo
  • 250g fresh okra (finely chopped)
  • 1 medium-sized stock fish head
  • 5 medium sizes of smoked fish
  • 2 tablespoons  of grounded crayfish
  • 3 tablespoons of blended scotch bonnet
  • 3 cooking spoonful of palm oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 2 Seasoning cubes
  • 1 cup Uziza leaf (finely sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons of locust beans
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda (in order to ensure enough viscosity in the okro soup)
  • Salt to taste.

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Firstly, wash your meat properly and spice the meat up by adding one seasoning cube, salt and onions.
  2. Cook the meat for about 20 minutes, wash the stockfish and kpomo and add into the boiling meat, then cook for another 5- 10 minute.
  3. At this junction, tear the smoked fish into pieces and add it into the boiling stock,  then add in your grounded crayfish,  blended pepper, second seasoning cube, salt and 2 cooking spoonfuls of palm oil and cook for 5 minutes and set aside.
  4.  Rinse your okro and chop them or you can use a grater and set aside.
  5. Finally, put the stock back on your burner and add in your locust bean then add in your uziza leaves and cook for about a minute, then add in your chopped okro and baking soda.
  6. Combine the okro , stock and uziza well then cook for about 3 minutes(don’t cover the pot while cooking the okro).
  7. Your tasty and delicious okro soup is ready.

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