I love soups and stews that have a lot to chew on, not just leaf, leaf and more leaf. Usually people put stockfish, dry fish, kpomo and periwinkle to serve this purpose. In this recipe I substituted all that for lots of plant based, tasty chewables that make for a very interesting meal. This is a very nutritious, oil-light, meatless recipe for okra soup that uses boiled groundnuts. And it takes just about 15 mins to make! One of my favourite people, Jennifer, came over today and helped me with this soup. She’s neither vegan nor vegetarian but we both enjoyed the process of making the soup together, and eating it too! We decided to eat it with rice.
Apparently this is what local spinach looks like, according to the vegetable seller outside Fig Health Store in Lekki Phase 1:
He said that the other kind that I’m used to is the foreign spinach. Hmm.. This one looked more like waterleaf than the spinach I know…I decided to try it out. Otherwise I would’ve used waterleaf in this soup.
What you’ll need:
1. 2 cups grated okra
*1 cup = medium size (210g) De Rica tin
2. 1 large onion, chopped
3. 6 cloves of garlic, chopped/ground
4. 2 small hot peppers (atarodo), chopped
5. 6 large red bell peppers (tatashe), chopped
6. 5 cups boiled goundnuts, removed from their shells
7. 4 tbsp iru/dawadawa (fermented locust beans)
8. 2 cups green lentils (pre-soaked and boiled beforehand) – you can use any kind of lentil, it doesn’t have to be green
9. 1 bunch African negro pepper
10. 1 tbsp ground Ehuru (African nutmeg)
11. 2 tbsp palm-oil
12. 2 tbsp chopped mint leaves
13. 1 tbsp curry
How to make it
The entire cooking process should be done on low heat.
Step 1: Fry the onions, garlic and atarodo in the palm oil until the onions become translucent
Step 2: Add the okra, dawa dawa, ehuru, curry and a pinch of salt and stir fry for 2 mins
Step 3: Add a cup of water and whip the okra lightly with your spoon until it spreads out. Add the tatashe, lentils and negro pepper and let simmer for 5 mins.
Step 4: Add the spinach and let simmer for 3 mins, then turn off the heat.
Look at those lovely colours!
Step 5: Stir in the groundnuts and chopped mint…
And you’re done! Enjoy with any swallow or even a simple bowl of rice 🙂