Ogbono Okra soup is a popular Nigerian soup made with African Mango seeds (Ogbono). Ogbono Okra soup is simply Ogbono soup with Okra incorporated. I already have a recipe for Ogbono soup on the blog, Click HERE to view the recipe.
This Ogbono Soup with Okra recipe is pretty simple and straight forward. Let’s begin…
300 grams Assorted meats (Ponmo, Shaki, Bokoto, Beef, Goat meat and Offals are ideal)
1 cup Ogbono seeds
15-20 Pieces Of Okra
2 Cooking Spoons Palm Oil
1 Cup Ugu, Spinach or Uziza leaves
3 Tablespoons Crayfish
1/2 cup Smoked and Fresh Prawns(optional)
1-2 Pieces Smoked Catfish
1-2 Pieces Dried Stockfish
2 Scotch Bonnet(Atarodo) Choppedor blended OR 1 Tablespoon Dry Ground Pepper
1 Medium Onion Chopped
3 Bouillon Cubes (I’m using two Knorr cubes and 1 Maggi crayfish)
Salt to taste
Grate or blend half of your okra and chop the rest with a knife, you may choose to do one or the other with all the okra, also grind your Ogbono seeds finely and set aside…
Set a big pot on a hob on medium heat, add in the tough meats, in this case, the Shaki, Cow leg and Ponmo, add the sliced onions and salt to taste. Cover and let it simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. This helps to release the meats’ natural juices. After twenty minutes, add more water to cover the meats, cover and let this cook till tender, not soft, just tender. This should take around half an hour, you can save time by using a pressure cooker. When it’s tender, add the softer meats, in this case, the goat meat, also add the stock fish, continue to cook till meats are soft….
When the meats and fish are soft, you should have at least 4 cups of stock left, if you don’t add some water. Ensure the heat is on low to medium at this time. Shred your smoked fish if you’re using any and add to the broth, also add the smoked or fresh Prawns. Now, add the blended or chopped Scotch bonnet or ground Pepper, then the Palm oil, let this boil for 3-5 minutes; until the oil is well incorporated into the broth…
Now add the Ogbono gradually, stir till fully resolved ( the Soup should begin to draw at this time)…
Combine thoroughly and leave for 2 minutes. Taste for salt and seasoning, adjust if required.
Now add the blended Okra, stir and combine vigorously…
Now add the chopped Okra…
Then the chopped and washed Spinach/ Ugu or Uziza leaves…
Stir and combine, then add the rest of the Crayfish. Switch the heat off and allow to simmer for 5 minutes with the residual heat…
And it’s done.