Okra which is also known as “Lady’s fingers” is a green flowering plant which belongs to the same plant family as Hibiscus and Cotton. It is also referred as the edible seedpods of the plant, it contains Potassium, Vitamin C and B, Calcium and Folic acid. It is low in calories and has high dietary fiber content. Nigerian Okra soup is very popular, hence enjoyed by many. This particular Okra recipe is called ‘Ila Asepo (Alasepo)’ in the Yoruba language, ‘Ila’ meaning : Okra and ‘Asepo’ which means ‘to cook together’; so this is just Okra cooked with different spices or ‘stewed Okra’. This soup is called ‘Miyan Kubewa’ in the northern part of Nigeria.


  • 30- 35 pieces of Okra (finely chopped or grated with a hand grater)
  • Precooked Meat [Goat meat, Beef, Shaki, ponmo, Cow leg etc]
  • Ground crayfish
  • 1 cooking spoon Palm Oil [optional]
  • 2 Knorr cube
  •  Scotch Bonnets { Atarodo},red bell Pepper (Tatashe) and onions together
  • Salt to taste
  • Locust Beans [Iru]
  • ½ Potash (Akaun


  •   Add palm oil in a pot and allow to heat up
  • Pour in blended mix and fry for 4 minutes
  • Throw in the locust beans and fry for 2 minutes
  • Now add in the meats and stock then allow to boil
  • Add the crayfish and Potash and allow to boil [too much Potash makes it too thick, so be careful when adding it]
  • Now add Okra, and stir
  • Season with 1 seasoning cube and pinch of salt
  • Taste for seasoning and allow to cook for 5 minutes [ be careful with seasoning here because the stock is rich already]

And our delicious okra soup is ready; Serve with Eba, Pounded Yam, Amala and the likes. ENJOY!

As You can see Okra soup is really easy to make and nutritious as well, Do try it out and leave me a feedback, Thank You for stopping by, always come back for delicious, mouth-watering, finger- licking and healthy recipes, see You soon…


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