Okro Soup Recipe | Ila Alasekpo | Otong Soup

The Yorubas call it Ila Alasekpo, the Efiks call it Otong soup, Others might just call it okro with spinach. Once i posted the photo of the meal, lots of people asked for the recipe so here it is.


2cups of Okro


Dry Fish

Honeycomb Tripe

Cow Skin

Cow foot

2 cups of chopped spinach

4 cubes of Maggi Cube

2 tablespoon of salt

1 tablespoon of dry pepper

1 tablespoon of dry crayfish

2 small scotch bonnet peppers *optional*

a pinch of dry bitter leaves

4 cups of water

2 cooking spoons of palm oil


Wash the beef, cow skin, cow foot and tripe and bring to boil with 3 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of salt, dry pepper, 2 cubes of maggi and boil till all types of meat are soft.

Wash and chop the okro into small pieces.

Add the rest of the seasoning, dry fish, bitter leaf and water and let it boil for about 5-7 minutes.

Add the palm oil and let it simmer with the meat.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the okro, stir in once but don’t cover the pot and reduce to low heat as covering the pot breaks the resilience of the okro. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes on low heat.

Add the spinach and stir in and leave on for 2 minutes and food is ready.

This can be served as a stand alone meal for people on low-calorie diets and can be served with Eba (Garri or cassava flakes), Pounded yam, semovita etc.

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