W'arabeba okro stew

W'arabeba okro stew

When I was younger , there was a woman in my area who sold food. The food joint was called W'arabeba, which literally means you'd come on your own. Legend was that she had the best okra stew and soup. We were not allowed to eat from outside but I believe this okra stew is way better than hers, at least what I imagined it would taste like. 

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What you need

1 cup smoked shrimp, abt 12

4 medium sized smoked catfish 

3 large smoked herring 

1 cups sliced/diced okra

3 large tomatoes

1 small onion diced

1 medium onion

A hand full petite belle peppers/kpakpo shito

4 garlic cloves

2 cups green leaves, whatever you have available

1/2 teaspoon cloves

2 star anise




Blend onion, pepper, tomatoes and garlic, cloves and star anise. Wash  shrimp, cat fish  and herring. Put it in  a pan over medium high heat. Add diced onions and blended mixture. Add salt and 2 cups of water. Cook for 12 mins, remove from pot and set aside.

Add okra. Do not cover pot. Cook for 10 mins the add the green leaves. Stir and continue cooking it  for an additional 2 mins. Taste and adjust salt, Add the fish and the shrimp you set aside. Stir and cook for 4 minsand turn off heat.

Serve with bank, akple or rice.