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Alapa Isu Soup Recipe

Updated: Apr 19

Alapa isu soup with locust beans is a traditional Yoruba soup made with yam, palm oil, and a variety of spices and seasonings. Here is a detailed recipe for making this delicious soup:


  • 1 pound of yam, peeled and cut into small cubes

  • 2 tablespoons of palm oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon of ground crayfish

  • 1 teaspoon of locust beans (iru)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 cups of water

  • Fresh spinach leaves, chopped


  1. In a pot, add the yam cubes and enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the yam is tender.

  2. Drain the water from the pot and mash the yam until it forms a smooth paste. Set aside.

  3. In another pot, heat the palm oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic and sauté until the onions are soft.

  4. Add the red pepper flakes, ground crayfish, and locust beans to the pot and stir well.

  5. Add the mashed yam to the pot and stir until it's well combined with the onion and spice mixture.

  6. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then pour in 2 cups of water. Stir well and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the soup has thickened to your desired consistency.

  7. Add the chopped spinach leaves to the soup and stir until they wilt.

  8. Serve the Alapa isu soup hot with a side of eba or any other staple of your choice.

Calorie intake:

  • This recipe yields about 4 servings with an estimated calorie intake of 300 calories per serving.

Healthy alternatives:

  • Use vegetable oil instead of palm oil for a lower cholesterol option.

  • Add chopped vegetables like bell peppers and carrots to the soup for added nutrients and fiber.

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I hope this recipe and information is helpful to you!

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