Okpa: The Nigerian Grab-and-Go Breakfast

Okpa: The Nigerian Grab-and-Go Breakfast

Okpa: The Nigerian Grab-and-Go Breakfast

Okpa is a popular Nigerian dish made from Bambara beans, also known as Bambara groundnut or Bambara nut. Here are the steps to make Okpa:


  • 2 cups Bambara beans (okpa flour) Ground
  • 1/2 tbsp Palm oil
  • 1 medium sized Onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder for color
  • 2 tbsp Mushroom
  • 2 tbsp Ground pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Utazi leaves, Ground
  • 2 cups Warm water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Combine the ground okpa flour in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the palm oil to the mixture, stirring gradually to ensure well incorporation.
  4. Add warm water to the mixture while stirring slowly until a smooth, thick batter is achieved.
  5. Add the chopped onion, turmeric powder, ground pepper, salt, and ground utazi leaves (optional).
  6. Grease a baking pan with a little palm oil to prevent sticking.
  7. Pour the batter into the greased pan and smooth the top.
  8. Cover the pan with aluminum foil or a lid to prevent steam from escaping.
  9. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the okpa is set and firm.
  10. Once done, remove the okpa from the oven and allow it to cool slightly before cutting it into slices or squares.
  11. Enjoy your homemade Okpa


  • This dish gets even more flavorful when stored in the fridge overnight, allowing the ingredients to meld together and create a tastier experience when reheated and enjoyed the next day.

Alternative Methods

  • Steaming Method: For a traditional method, use banana or plantain leaves to wrap the okpa mixture, then boil in a pot of water for at least an hour.
  • Video Tutorial: Watch a video tutorial for a step-by-step guide on how to make Okpa Enugu (Bambara Nut Flour) and Okpa 9th Mile