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Nigerian Okpa

Nigerian Okpa

Okpa is a popular Nigerian dish made from Bambara nut, a nutritious legume that is native to Africa. This dish is a favorite of many Nigerians, and it is often sold as a street food in various parts of the country. Okpa is not only delicious, but it is also a healthy and filling meal that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. 

This dish is also great for breakfast or as a snack, and it is a healthy alternative to other popular Nigerian street foods that are high in calories and fat. If you have not tried Okpa before, it is definitely worth giving a try, and you may just find that it becomes one of your new favorite Nigerian dishes.

To make Okpa, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Bambara nut flour
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of ground crayfish (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • Banana or plantain leaves for wrapping


  • Begin by soaking the Bambara nut flour in warm water for about an hour. This will soften the flour and make it easier to work with.
  • After an hour, drain the water from the flour and add the ground crayfish, pepper, and salt. Mix well until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Cut the banana or plantain leaves into squares, about 6 inches by 6 inches. This will be used to wrap the Okpa. 
  • Scoop a tablespoon of the Bambara nut mixture onto a leaf and roll it up tightly, twisting the ends to secure it.
  • Place the wrapped Okpa into a pot of boiling water and cook for about 20-30 minutes. The Okpa is done when it is firm to the touch.
  • Remove the Okpa from the pot and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.