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Nigerian Okpa Recipe

Okpa is a traditional delicacy popular in south eastern Nigeria. It is made from bambara beans flour. Bambara beans is a legume commonly cultivated through out African and some parts of India. Bambara beans grow and ripen underground in small pods. The pods are harvested and cracked open to reveal bambara beans.  The seeds are dried and then ground (using an industrial grinder) into a fine powder to yield bambara beans flour. Bambara beans is so nutritious that it has been named a complete food. It is composed of 65% carbohydrate, 18% protein and rich in essential amino acids. It's chemical composition is comparable to soybean.

Okpa is so delicious. It has its unique taste and flavor hence it is not necessary to add a lot of ingredients when making it. To make okpa follow the recipe below.


  • Okpa Flour 1lb
  • Red Palm Oil 1/2 cup
  • Luke warm water  1100 ml (optional: 1/2 of water maybe substituted with meat stock)
  • Seasoning cubes (knorr, maggi etc) 2 cubes
  • Habanero pepper (chopped) 
  • Salt to taste

Yields 12 servings



1. Combine Okpa flour, salt, and seasoning cubes

2. Add palm oil and mix thoroughly using fingers or a wooden stirrer. The mix should be yellow in color

3. Add luke warm water gradually and continue to stir ensuring all lumps are dissolved

4. Add chopped pepper. Add salt to taste

5. Half fill a medium size pot with water and bring to boil

6. Pour 1/2 cup of the mixture in folded aluminum foil, wrap and drop in the boiling water 

7. Cook for one and half hours. Okpa is cooked when it solidifies all over. Allow to cool. 

8. Unwrap the foil, serve and enjoy.

Okpa Flour (Bambara Beans) 16 oz

Knorr Seasoning Cubes - 1 packet

Palm Oil by Obiji

Red Pepper Ground - 7 oz


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