When I was pregnant with my daughter, all I could manage to eat at some point was Mr Monday’s okra soup. Ok, before you start wondering, Mr Monday is hubby’s work colleague and this okra soup was one of their go to soup when the boys were hungry then. The first time I had this meal I couldn’t believe my mouth. Lol. I kept asking are you sure you made this soup? Really, a man made this soup! There was nothing spectacular as it was just okra soup but the flavours and taste was spot on.
I have other recipes of okra soup on the blog here (stock fish ila alasepo) and here (ila asepo) but it wouldn’t be nice of me if I held back to this recipe and enjoy it all alone in the four corners of my home. Honestly before I got this recipe, I have never used onions in my okra before as I found it weird, although my cousin cooked a lot with it in her okra soup, I just didn’t get it but I did after I learnt to cook the soup this way.
This okra recipe calls for vegetable oil but feel free to use any oil of choice and PLEASEEEE don’t overcook the okra as you want it crunchy as possible. I know I say this a lot, but really I won’t share a boring recipe with you, this okra soup is bae too. It is another way of enjoying okra soup (ila alasepo) without all the fuss and the most interesting part is it can be made to your dietary needs. Swap the beef in this recipe with vegetables of choice especially mushroom and zucchini, you will be home and dry. Are you ready to cook? Let’s get on with it then.
What you would need
500g okro (chopped)
Beef/Assorted meat of choice, bite size
Ponmo diced into bite size
1 Bell pepper (tatashe/shombo), chopped
Scotch bonnet (ata rodo)
1 small Onion, chopped
Potash (kaun) substitute with 0.5tbs baking powder (optional)
Stock (substitute with vegetable stock for vegan/vegetarian option)
Seasoning (I used knorr cubes)
Spring onions, chopped
Place a pan on a medium heat and add vegetable oil.
Add chopped peppers and onions to the oil and sweat for about 5 minutes, stirring in between to avoid burning
Add 1 knorr cube to the pepper and continue to stir for another 2-3 minutes, don’t add salt at this stage as you would be adding the stock soon.
Add meat to the sauce and stir for another 2-3 minutes
Add stock just enough to cover the meat and stir into the meat pepper mixture till well combined, add kaun (potash/akaun) and crank up the heat. Allow the sauce to boil for about 3-5 minutes, add the chopped okra and stir vigorously for about 1-2 minutes, reduce the heat and check for salt and seasoning
Lastly, add the spring onions and cook for another minute of two. Remember, do not overcook your okra. Take the okra soup of the heat and serve with rice or any swallow of choice. You know what? this soup is amazeballs on its own too.
See easy peasy and allow me to say very tasty too.
Learn to make your swallows sexy, lol here