Ghana Recipe: Banku with Okra Soup

Ghana Recipe: Banku with Okra Soup

Ghana Recipe: Banku with Okra Soup

by January 9, 2015 0 comments

Hello people! Let’s go on some tatse experience tour. Today’s recipe is the Ghana Recipe: Banku with Okra Soup. Yipee!!


Banku with Okra soup is a traditional recipe from western Africa, and I called it Ghana recipe because the dish is more popular in Ghana.


Banku is just like fufu, ugali, or toh. The only difference is that it is made from fermented cassava and corn dough. This delicious Ghana recipe is usually served with a deliciously prepared Okra soup. Let’s get started..



For the Banku;
If you want to ferment the dough yourself, you will need:

– 400g of corn flour

– 600g of grated cassava or 400g of cassava flour (recommended)

– half cup of water

– 1 teaspoon of salt


But if you plan to buy the fermented dough then you will need:

– 400g of corn dough

– 400g of cassava dough

– 1 cup of water

– 1 teaspoon?of salt


For the Okra Soup you will need:

– 200g of fresh okra, chopped

– 200g of meat (any meat beef, goat, all mede mede like assortment you like etc.), cut into small pieces

– 1 full cup of dried shrimp or one smoked fish

– 2 or 3 tbsp of palm oil

– 1 onion (sliced)

– 1 large eggplant or 2 garden eggs

– 1 teaspoon of?grated ginger (optional)

– 1 large tomato, mashed

– half?teaspoon of baking soda

– Chili pepper, to taste

– Salt to taste

– about 3 to 4 cups of water



Let’s start with the Banku

Ferment the dough:
This is for those that want to ferment the dough themselves. If you haven’t grate the cassava yet, start with that or use cassava flour if you can get. Then in a large bowl add the corn flour and grated cassava (or cassava flour), dampen with water to form a dough. When the dough is well mix cover the bowl with a cloth and set in a warm place for 2 or 3 days, you set it inside a warm oven or rap it in a heavy cloth. The fermenting process may take longer if you are living in a cold place the fermenting process may take up to 4 days.


The dough is fermented when it has a sour smell.


Note: If you don’t want to do this yourself buy some corn and cassava dough from your African food store.


Now the Banku itself…

Step 1: Mix the fermented dough with 1 cup of water to make a watery paste. Strain it in a colander.


Step 2: Boil one cup of water with a tsp of salt, in a pot. Then add the watery paste in the pot and stir constantly until you get a thick dough. The consistency of your Banku will depend to your preference, you can add more add if it is too thick.


Step3: Use a deep bowl or spoon to spare the Banku into your desire size.


Making the Okro Soup :

Step 1: Place the meat in a casserole and season with salt, don’t any water the meat will realize it juice, then Put the fire on medium and let the meat simmer until all the juice is absorb. Remove and set aside.


Step2: Peel the eggplant and cut into medium cubes. Then in the same casserole add the eggplant with cup of water and let simmer until tender, approximately 5 to 10 min. Next mash it, remove and set aside.


Step 3: Heat a larger saucepan and add the palm oil , then saute the onion and ginger until brown. Then add the mashed tomato and let simmer for 5min.


Step4: Add the dried shrimp (or smoked fish ), the cooked meat, the eggplant puree and one bouillon cube. Stir all together and let simmer at low heat for 10 min.


Step 5: In another casserole add the chopped okra, 1 cup of water and the baking soda. Bring it to boil and stir well for 5 min.


Step 6: Transfer the cooked okra in the main pot and add 1 or 2 cups of water depending on the consistency you want. Let simmer for 10 to 15 min. Finish the soup by seasoning with chili pepper and salt.


Watch the video of how to make Ghana Okra Stew below.

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Video Credit: AfricanFoodRecipes