Cookbook:Kanya (Liberian Okra Soup)

Kanya (Liberian Okra Soup)
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Kanya is a flavorful and hearty okra soup that hails from Liberia. This delicious soup is made with fresh okra, chicken or fish, and a blend of aromatic spices. It is a beloved dish in Liberian cuisine and is often served with rice or fufu for a satisfying and comforting meal.






  1. In a large pot, heat the palm oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic to the pot. Sauté until the onions are soft and translucent.
  3. Add the chicken or fish pieces to the pot and cook until they are browned on all sides.
  4. Pour in the chicken or fish broth and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  5. Add the sliced okra to the pot and stir well to combine with the other ingredients.
  6. Let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes or until the okra is tender and cooked through.
  7. Stir in the ground crayfish, ground pepper, and salt to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
  8. Continue to simmer the soup for another 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  9. Remove the pot from the heat and let the Kanya rest for a few minutes before serving.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • You can customize this soup by adding other vegetables like spinach, bell peppers, or tomatoes.
  • Some variations of Kanya include the addition of smoked fish or shrimp for added flavor.
  • This soup can be made with any type of meat, such as beef or goat, according to your preference.
  • Kanya is traditionally served with rice or fufu, but it can also be enjoyed on its own as a hearty stew.


  • Okra is a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Chicken and fish are rich in protein and essential nutrients.