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Miyan Kubewa (Okro Soup) is a soup widely consumed in almost all parts of Nigeria, and not only by the Hausas in Northern Nigeria but by other indigenes as well. It is made with fresh okro (originally known as Okra in English). It will interest you to know that there are two (2) different recipes you could make from okro – Miyan Kubewa Danye (the fresh Okro Soup) and Miyan Kubewa Busashshe (the dried Okro Soup).
Okro soup is a draw soup, so if you are a fan of draw soups, here is another one for you. Well, for me, I prefer the one made from fresh okro to the dried ones. This article seeks to teach you how to prepare your delicious Miyan Kubewa (both fresh and dried). Stay with me!
Equipment for Making Miyan Kubewa
How to Make Miyan Kubewa Danye (Fresh Okro Soup)
You will need the following ingredients to make your Miyan Kubewa Danye.
1 cup of palm oil/vegetable oil.
3 spoons of locust beans (grinded daddawa).
Fresh pepper and onions.
Seasoning and spices.
Meat or fish.
A small piece of potash (kanwa).
2 cups water.
Procedure for Preparing Miyan Kubewa Danye
STEP 1: Cut your okro into small pieces using a knife and pound it until it has reached the desired smoothness. Alternatively, you could blend or grate it. When done, set it aside.
STEP 2: Over medium heat, put the pot and add water in the quantity needed together with grinded locust beans. Allow to cook for 25 minutes. Cook till the water reduces.
STEP 3: Add in the blended pepper and onions, and your palm oil/vegetable oil into the cooking pot and allow to simmer for 5 minutes
STEP 4: After all the soup ingredients are fried, add in your fish or meat. Stir a little bit and cover the pot.
STEP 5: Add in the pounded or grated okro and small potash (kanwa). Allow it to cook for 15 minutes. Ensure you are close by because it will pour or spill over as it cooks. So you will have to be stirring with a whisk or cooking spoon continuously.
STEP 6: Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and leave it to simmer for 2 minutes.
STEP 7: Off your cooker and your Miyan Kubewa Danye is done.
How to Make Miyan Kubewa Busashshe (Dried Okro Soup)
You will need the following ingredients to make your Miyan Kubewa Busashshe (Dried Okro Soup).
Dried okro (powdered okro).
3 spoons of locust beans (grinded or pounded daddawa).
Pepper and onions (blended or pounded).
Spices (maggi, salt, and ginger powder).
A small piece of potash (kanwa).
Chicken or fish.
2 cups of water.
Procedure for Preparing Miyan Kubewa Busashshe
STEP 1: Over low heat, place a pot containing your palm oil and add a few slices of onions. Allow frying for 3 minutes.
STEP 2: Add in the grinded pepper and onions, and allow it to fry for 4 minutes. Stir and put on low heat.
STEP 3: Add clean water to the cooking pot with your chicken or fish, and allow to cook for 35 minutes until the chicken or meat becomes soft and the water reduces to it half its quantity.
STEP 4: Add in the spices (maggi, salt, and ginger powder) and stir the soup with a wooden spoon. Allow boiling for 3 minutes.
STEP 5: Add the okro powder to the cooking pot little by little with a small piece of potash. Use a whisk or a cooking spoon to quickly mix it. This helps prevent lumps.
STEP 6: Cover the pot and leave it to simmer for 5 minutes. Your Miyan Kubewa is done.
Swallow that Best Goes With It
How to Serve Miyan Kubewa (Fresh Okro and Dried Okro)
It is best served with Tuwon Shinkafa (a meal prepared with rice – short-grained rice). And other kinds of tuwo could go with it as well like Tuwon Masara, Tuwon Semo, Tuwon Dawa, etc.
Occasions to Serve Miyan Kubewa (Fresh Okro and Dried Okro)
There isn’t any special occasion for this sweet delicacy, both the fresh and dried okro soup. It can be consumed as any one of the three (3) basic meals – breakfast (as dumame, popularly known as double fire in Nigeria), lunch, and dinner.
How to Store Okro Soup (Fresh and Dry)
It can be stored in the refrigerator and will last for many days. However, its taste reduces the longer it stays refrigerated. In the absence of a refrigerator, it can last for less than 24 days except when you warm it mornings and evenings, then it will last for a few days.
Health Benefits of Miyan Kubewa (Fresh and Dry)
Okra is low in calories but packed full of nutrients. The vitamin C in okra helps support healthy immune function. Okra is also rich in vitamin K, which helps your body clot blood. It is also good for diabetic patients.
For more information on the nutritional value of Okra (Okro Soup), visit Nourish.
Miyan Kubewa can be enjoyed with any kind of Tuwo that we have. It is tasty and easy to prepare. Now that you know how to prepare okro soup (Miyan Kubewa), tell me in the comments section when you will try this sumptuous northern Nigerian cuisine.
Caution: For all bearded guys, be extra careful while eating this meal if you don’t want your beards to be foody decorated.
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