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Okra Recipes

Here we use the thickening capabilities of Okra to make a thick Soup.

This thickening capability is one of the great properties of Okra when making soups, stews, curries and/or Gumbos with it.


1 lb young Okra pods
2 large tomatoes
1 cup corn
2 cups water
2 slices bacon
Juice and zest of 1 lemon.
salt and pepper for seasoning, to taste

NOTE: You may substitute chicken or beef stock for the water

Making the Okra Soup

Top and tail the Okra pods, ie cut off the ends.

Cut the pods into approximately 1/4 inch rounds.

Sprinkle the lemon juice over the Okra rounds

Pop the tomatoes into boiling water and leave for about 30 to 60 seconds.
Remove from the water and peel.
Chop the tomatoes

Dice the bacon. Fry until crispy.

Boil the corn until soft and tender.

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the okra is tender

Note, the fat obtained from frying the bacon should also be used, as this will enhance the soup's flavour.

This Okra Soup recipe is not from the Africhef African Recipes Cookbook, which contains a number of traditional African Okra recipes.

Have fun and enjoy the taste of Okra Soup made using this easy and healthy recipe.

THANKS!... Africhef


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