Food of the day: Ila Alasepo ( Ultimate Okra Gumbo soup)

Food of the day: Ila Alasepo ( Ultimate Okra Gumbo soup)
 Ila Alasepo (  Okra Gumbo soup)

Beef (seasoned and boiled). Other options are shrimps, fish, chicken .
Smoked fish – 2 pieces (washed and deboned)
Fresh or dried prawns  – 1 cup
3 cups beef stock or water *
½ teaspoon cooking potash (Kaun) or Baking soda (optional)

1 cube maggi (2 cubes if using water)
1 teaspoon pepper powder
3 tablespoon blended crayfish
¼ cup palm oil**
Salt- to taste
1 red bell pepper (Tatashe) – finely minced

2 cups chopped okro
chopped okro
chopped okro
Pounded Okra
Pounded Okra

Tip : Use less water and less palm oil for healthier food
Depending on your choice and which one works best for you,  to achieve Ila Alasepo you can either
- Chop/Dice  the okro using a sharp knife and cutting board
- Grate the Okro using a grater
- Pound the Okro (or combine with other ingredients) using a mortar and pestle. 

Food procedure;
1) Place a  pot on medium heat , pour in the meat stock (or water), cover and bring to a boil.
2) Add in the cooking potash if using. Reduce heat to medium. Add in the prepared meat, fish, prawns, crayfish powder, maggi palm oil and pepper. Combine. Leave to simmer for 10-12 minutes

Stir, taste and adjust for Seasoning.

4) Add in chopped okra and minced tatashe. stir well to combine. taste and adjust for seasoning. Simmer for another 3-5 minutes
Serve with Semolina, fufu, eba , Amala or pounded yam . 

Now You are good to go.