Sunday, 24 March 2013


I haven't eaten okra in a looonngg time, so I was pretty excited to cook this meal. However, when I realised that the other times I'd eaten okra was when my mum had cooked it for us, I stopped short and genuinely scratched my head for a few seconds as I stared down at the bright green batons.

Isn't technology a wonderful thing? The answer to my problem was just a phone call away! With a pen in hand and a piece of paper in front of me, I jotted down my mum's fool-proof step-by-step instructions. At the end of the call, I was left chuckling at myself and thinking: 'Oh? Well, that's not so hard.'
So if you've never cooked this "mind-boggling" vegetable before, I can assure you that it is wonderfully easy to make and incredibly tasty. My version eliminates the gooey texture by overpowering the okra with blended peppers and tomatoes.

Eba is a dough made from garri (cassava flour) and a staple food eaten in the Southern parts of Nigeria. You can find it at any African food shop. Although it can be a little heavy (because of the stodgy consistency), paying attention to portion size goes a long way. Not only is it very high in dietary fibre, it also contains zero cholesterol and no saturated fat - win!

(serves 2)
- 1 1/2 cups garri
- 1 cup boiling hot water
- 2 cups okra (finely chopped)
- 1 large red bell pepper
- 2 medium sized tomatoes
- 1 small onion
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 1 tbsp crushed garlic
- Salt to taste

To make the okra stew, place the chopped okra and vegetable stock in a saucepan and boil for 10 minutes. The consistency should turn gooey and bubbly.

Blend the pepper, tomatoes and onion in a food processor and add to the pan of okra. Add the crushed garlic and season with salt. Cook for another 15 minutes on a low heat.

To make the eba, place the garri in a large mixing bowl and add the boiling hot water slowly, mixing as you go along, until it forms a soft but firm dough - firm enough to hold its shape.

Use a wooden spoon to shape the eba into a round shape and serve with the okra stew.

Now, if you want to go all out and eat this the traditional way, you can use your hand to scoop the eba into little ball shapes and dip into the stew. Entirely up to you! :)


  1. Nice one, its likely the okro will not draw by the time you add the peppers and salt though.

  2. This looks delicious, I can't wait to try it! I love that it's oil free, too. Will it work with frozen okra, or do I have to use fresh?

    1. Hi Lee! Yes, you can use frozen okra too. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. why no addition of spinach. spinach is amazing

  4. This is my new favorite blog. Thank you!!! I especially love that you call okra "mind-boggling"! I actually don't care for it. At all. Ever. And I stare in wonder at people as they enjoy it. That said, there is some in the freezer, and I will at least try to cook it for others' enjoyment! ;)

    1. That's so lovely to hear - thanks! Haha, well cooked the right way, okra can be pretty great. Definitely an acquired taste :)