how to cook okpa

How to Cook Okpa di Oku

Okpa is a traditional Nigeria food. It is a very popular meal in the Eastern parts of Nigeria, and it tastes really nice. It is made with Bambara flour. The flour is made by grinding dried Bambara nuts. It has a unique taste. 

Okpa is called the lion’s food or the king’s meal by the Igbos. It is simply tasty and delicious.


  • 500g of okpa flour
  • 50ml of palm oil
  • 2 tablespoon of ground crayfish
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Ground chilli pepper
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Salt
  • Warm water
  • Container (banana leaves, uma leaves, heat proof nylon, or aluminium foil bags)

Preparation method

  • Firstly, pour the okpa flour into a bowl, add the palm oil and mix thoroughly. Mix until the flour changes from white to orange or yellow.
  • Add the warm water and mix properly until there is no lump, but it should not be watery.
  • Add the ground crayfish, seasoning cubes, onions, pepper, and salt. Then mix thoroughly.
  • Pour the mixture into the container of your choice and place in a pot of boiling water (just like moi-moi), and allow to boil for 45 minutes. Add some water to the pot as the water dries up.
  • The okpa should be ready after 45 minutes. If you are not sure, leave to boil for 1hr
  • Leave to cool and serve.

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