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Ofe Akparata (Mahogany Seed Soup) Recipe

Akparata soup

Ofe Akparata | Photo Dailyfresheat

Akparata powder (Mahogany seed) is a famous thickener used in traditional soups and is a favourite of Enugu indigenes, Eastern Nigeria. If you are looking to try a local recipe and want to whet your appetite, this is for you.


  • Akparata powder (4 tbsp)
  • Assorted beef
  • Stockfish
  • Dry fish
  • Crayfish (2 tbsp)
  • Cameroun pepper
  • Uziza vegetable
  • Oha vegetable
  • Ground okpeye
  • Palm oil (1½ tbsp)
  • Onions (chopped)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Stock cubes


  1. Prepare your meat stock. In a pot on medium-high heat, add your washed meat, cubes, onions, cubes and water.
  2. In a bowl, put the Akparata powder, add palm oil and mix until there are no lumps in it.
  3. Add the stockfish. Cook until the aroma infiltrates the air.
  4. Add dry fish, pepper, and ground okpeye.
  5. Add the Akparata sauce and water to the pot to get consistency. Stir and cook for about 10 minutes.
  6. It is time to add the uziza and crayfish. Leave for 3 minutes. Add the oha, stir and bring down.
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