Abak Etighi
Recipe Category: Traditional Nigerian Soups
Cuisine: Efik
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The Kitchen Sink Okro soup with flavours from Yorubaland, Igboland and The South South
  • Banga - palm fruit extract
  • Beef Stock
  • Uyayak - aidan fruit
  • Banga Spices
  • Chopped Okro
  • Fresh pepper - you can also use dry pepper
  • Mixed Fresh Seafood - optionalAssorted Meats
  • Smoked fish
  • Stockfish
  • Iru - fermented locust beans
  • Ground crayfish
  • Atama or Obeletientien - dried native aromatic herbs
  • Uziza leaves - native spicy hot plant
  • Salt
  • Seasoning cubes - optional
  1. I am using canned palm fruit extract, but you can also use it fresh. In a pot, add the palm fruit extract, beef stock, and enough water to cook the quantity of okro that you have. Add the uyayak and a cooking spoonful worth of powdered banga spices to the pot.
  2. While your palm fruit and stock is boiling, using a food processor, roughly chop the okro and fresh pepper. I am using ata rodo here. I also added the leftover onions that I had. I wasn't going to throw it away or store it. See why it is the kitchen sink okro soup? Lol.
  3. While your banga stock is boiling, add the fresh seafood if you are using it to the pot and cook them till pink. Take them out of the pot as soon as they have cooked and set aside.
  4. Add your boiled assorted meats, Iru, softened stockfish, smoked fish and ground crayfish to the pot and give it another 5 minutes to allow the flavours develop. Taste and re-season if necessary.
  5. By now, your stock should have reduced to an extent. Examine the quantity against how much shopped okro that you have and either decant a little into a bowl, or carry on cooking.
  6. Add the chopped okro and pepper to the pot and give it a good stir.
  7. Before the Okro has cooked through, crush dried atama or obeletientien between your palms and add to the pot, followed by chopped uziza leaves. When the chunks of okro have cooked sufficiently to your liking, give it one last taste and adjust if you think you need it. Serve with your choice of soup staples. I recommend Yellow Garri or Pounded Yam
Recipe by Dooney's Kitchen at http://dooneyskitchen.com/abak-etighi-the-kitchen-sink-okro-soup/