Okra Soup (FétriDessi)

Okra Soup (FetriDessi) is one of the most popular and easy-to-prepare West African soups. The setup takes a lot of time. The okra needs to be washed and grated; the leaves (Gboma or Ogbono) needs to be washed and cut them roughly.

Subsequently prepare the meat, smoked or dried fish and shellfish. Once the setup is finished, cooking is fast.The Okra Soup can be prepared with

Okra Soup

Okra Soup (FétriDessi)

Okra is a rich source of dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins, as well as a low-calorie vegetable. Known in most West African countries as Okro and French speaking countries as gumbo. 
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course, Sauces and Soup
Cuisine Beninese, Ghanaian, Nigerian, Togolese
Calories 326 kcal


  • ½ lbs goat chopped
  • ¼ lbs beef skin ponmo or kpomo

To season the meat

  • ½ onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 2 tbsp garlic
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt to taste

For the Okra Soup

  • cup freshly chopped okra
  • 10 shrimps fresh
  • 2 crabs fresh
  • 1 salted fish
  • 5 douèvi
  • 2 habanero pepper
  • 1 cup palm oil
  • 2 tsp dry ground pepper or chili flakes
  • 2 cup meat stock
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ onion
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • salt to taste


  • Mix the meat and the spices and add enough water to cover the meat. Cook until the meat is tender. PS the beef skin may cook faster that the goat meat, remove it and set aside.
  • Fry the goat meat
  • Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Add the baking soda.
  • Then add the Okra, ½ onion + 1 piece of salted fish and the 1 cup meat stock.
  • Mix together 1 cup meat stock with 1 tablespoon garlic, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1 tablespoon paprika and 1 cube.
  • Add the shrimp, crabs and the seasoning mixture.
  • Add the hot pepper, Douèvi , beef skin and the goat meat and stir well.
  • Let the soup cook uncovered for about 5-10minutes. Check for seasonings and add the palm oil.


Keyword Okra, Okra Soup, Okro, Okro Soup

mutton, beef, chicken or pork.

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