How To Cook Finger-Licking Okro Soup With Uziza

How To Cook Finger-Licking Okro Soup With Uziza

Have you ever tried okro soup with uziza? This spicy and flavourful leave takes the taste of this meal up a notch.

Okro soup is one of the quickest and easiest Nigerian soups to prepare and it’s a favourite soup for many people. Uziza is the highlight of this recipe because of the delightful flavour it brings to the soup. However, some people insist that you should not be too liberal with the uziza because doing so will see it suppress every other ingredient in the soup. Find out how to cook okro soup with uziza.

Okro soup with uziza

okro soup with uziza

Before we jump to the recipe itself, it is important to see why you should incorporate this soup into your diet. Here are a few benefits of okro to health and otherwise:

  • It’s cheap

Okro is so cheap that you can prepare a meal for two with 50 Naira okra. One of the reasons people don’t eat healthily is because they believe it is expensive. Yes, healthy food can be expensive but it also depends on what you are looking out for. In Nigeria and Africa at large, we still grow a lot of our local food. Although the market is filled with processed foods, leading a healthy lifestyle will involve going back to our homegrown foods like okra.

  • Healthy nutrients

Okra contains so many healthy nutrients. It is also very low in carbs and contains fibre, which means that it helps you feel full and avoid overeating. It also contains protein which is very rare for vegetables.

  • Low in cholesterol

Heart disease is caused by high cholesterol levels, but Okra has a cool way of keeping your heart healthy. Okra contains mucilage, a thick gel-like substance that binds to cholesterol during digestion. As a result, it is excreted when you stool instead of being absorbed into your body, which helps lower your blood cholesterol levels.

  • Good for pregnancy

Okra also contains Folate (vitamin B9) which is important in reducing the risk of neural tube defects for the fetus. A neural defect could affect the brain and spine of a developing fetus. However, Okra provides 15% of your daily needs for this nutrient.

  • Anti-cancer properties

Really, why isn’t there more of this in your meals? Okra contains Lectin, which is a type of protein that may stall the growth of cancer cells. Two research studies on mice show that it killed cancer cells in mice and also prevented the growth of cancer cells by 63%. However, more research needs to be done on humans to establish this.

Okro And Uziza

Okr0 with uziza recipe

Below is okro soup with uziza recipe:

      Ingredients

  • 5 cups of Okra
  • 3 cooking spoons of Palm oil
  • Onion (optional)
  • Fish or Any Protein of your choice
  • Crayfish
  • Ogiri (locust beans)
  • Pepper
  • Stockcube
  • Uziza and Ugu (vegetable)
uziza

Image: Uziza leaves

      Directions

  • Chop your okra or pulse in a blender
  • Boil your stockfish, fresh fish or beef with water. Add your stock cube for added flavour. When this is done, pour out into a bowl and set aside.
  • Add palm oil, stir your onions until it’s translucent, add your iru, and then the chopped okra.
  • The okra should start to draw at this point, start adding the broth and meat you set aside in step two. If the water isn’t enough, add some more. Be careful, so it isn’t too watery.
  • At this point, you should add the pepper.
  • Add your Uziza leaves and vegetables. Boil for 5 more minutes and you are done.

Uziza leaves are quite spicy, and it also adds to the flavour of okra soup. You can also reduce the amount of oil in this soup to make it healthier.

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Source: Nigerian Lazy Chef, Healthline

Written by

Lydia Ume