This Seafood Okra Soup And Oatmeal Fufu Is Good For Your Waistline


Published: November 3, 2014

One of the toughest dilemmas we face is the ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy the pleasures of traditional meals we are accustomed to. Using oats as a substitute for garri (cassava flour), you can now enjoy the taste of home without the guilt that so often accompanies it.

Whole grain oats are rich in fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Okra is a very low calorie vegetable containing high amounts of vitamin A, which is beneficial for maintaining healthy skin.

Serves 2 | Preparation Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes

Oatmeal Flour And Seafood Okra


  • 20 okra pods
  • 4 cups boiling water (divided)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons palm oil
  • 1 teaspoon crayfish
  • 1 teaspoon powdered pepper
  • Choice of seafood (E.g. Fish, Shrimps, Clams, Mussels, Crabs)
  • 1 cup whole grain oats
  • 2 medium pots
  • Blender/Spice grinder
  • Wooden spoon (omorogun)


  1. In a medium pot, bring 1.5 cups water to a boil and add the sliced/grated okra.
  2. Season with salt, crayfish and pepper, then leave to simmer on low heat for 5-7 minutes till okra is almost tender.
  3. Add cooked proteins (fish, shrimp, mussels, crabs and clams) and palm oil. Keep on low heat for additional 5 minutes then set pot aside.
  4. Blend the oats in a blender/spice grinder on high speed until it turns to powder.
  5. Pour 1 cup freshly boiled water in a pot and add oatmeal powder little by little until water is almost fully absorbed.
  6. Use a wooden spoon to stir until it becomes even in consistency. Add 1/2 more water to soften and stir again.
  7. (Optional: If you prefer softer “swallows", add an additional 1/2 cup water and stir once more).
  8. Serve seafood okra in a bowl alongside the pounded oats.

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About Abby Soetan

Abby Soetan is a food lover and chef, passionate about promoting West African culture through cuisine. She is a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and the blogger behind Tatashey. When she is not blogging or taking pictures, she enjoys writing short stories. Find her on Instagram @iamtatashey and visit her blog

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