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Alapa Soup Recipe

Updated: Apr 19

Alapa soup is a delicious Nigerian soup made with locust beans and a variety of vegetables. This recipe serves 4 and has a calorie intake of approximately 350 calories per serving.


  • 1 pound of beef, cut into small pieces

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 cups of water

  • 1/2 cup of locust beans (iru)

  • 2 cups of chopped spinach

  • 1/2 cup of chopped okra

  • 1/2 cup of chopped tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons of palm oil

Kitchen Equipment:

  • Large pot with lid

  • Cutting board

  • Sharp knife

  • Wooden spoon or spatula


  1. In a large pot, add the beef, chopped onions, minced garlic, ground ginger, salt, and pepper. Add water and bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until the beef is tender.

  3. In a separate pan, toast the locust beans over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. Once the beef is cooked, add the toasted locust beans to the pot and stir well.

  5. Add the chopped spinach, okra, and tomatoes to the pot. Stir well.

  6. Add palm oil to the pot and stir well.

  7. Cook over low heat for about 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked through.

  8. Serve hot.

Healthy ingredient suggestions:

  • Use lean cuts of beef like sirloin or tenderloin for a lower fat option.

  • Use a variety of colorful vegetables like bell peppers and carrots in the soup for added fiber and nutrients.

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