African Okra Soup with Kombo - Swala
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: African, South Sudanese
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Serves: 4
African Okra Soup with Kombo - Swala, also called "Swala", or "Mula Kombo ta Bamia", is a specialty of the Kakwa tribe from Yei, South Sudan. It is a vegetarian, low calorie soup free of gluten.
  • Okra, 2 cups of okra cut into ¼ inch cross-sectional slices, (remember to slice and discard both end tips)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • Kombo or ½ teaspoon of bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Table salt
  • Water, 3 cups to 4 cups
  1. Place 1 cup of water in a pot.
  2. Titrate your Kombo or add ½ teaspoon of bicarbonate soda.
  3. Add chopped onions, and bring to a boil on medium heat setting on a stove.
  4. Add sliced okra. Add 2 cups of water.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes, until okra pieces are soft.
  6. Add tomatoes.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Table salt to desired taste. Hot pepper is optional.
  8. Turn heat off after 5 minutes. Serve.
Recipe by Taste of South Sudan at