Okra soup

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  • 1lb sliced okra (frozen or fresh)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½lb cubed stew meat
  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • 1 chili pepper (scotch bonnet or habanero)
  • oil, salt, water
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Okra soup or Sauce gombo – West Africa

Okra soup is an ubiquitous dish in West Africa. Just like all the other soups, there as many variations as you have ethnic groups, villages or protein types.

Serves 4


1. Season beef with onion, garlic and salt
2. Add oil in a pot, when the oil is sizzling, put in the meat
3. Add water and the tomatoes. Bring to a boil and then cook on medium heat for 25 minutes.
4. In a separate pot, add the okra, 2 cups of water and the baking soda
5. Cook on medium until the okra is cooked (it should look like it’s melting)
6. Use a spatula to vigorously stir the okra mixture as if you were hitting it against the sides of the pot
7. Remove the tomatoes from the meat pot, use a blender to crush them (skin on)
8. Stir in okra and crushed tomatoes in the meat pot.
9. Add salt, pepper, chili pepper to taste
10. Boil on medium heat about 20 minutes
11. Serve with foutou or rice


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