African Food

How to Prepare African Okra Soup with Kombo – Swala

African okra soup with Kombo – Swala, also called “Swala” or “Mula Kombo ta Bamia,” is a specialty of the Kakwa tribe from Yei in South Sudan. It is a vegetarian soup, low in calories, and gluten-free.


  • Okra, 2 cups okra cut into ¼ inch cross-sectional slices (don’t forget to cut and discard both end tips)
  • ½ cup of chopped onions
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • kombo or ½ teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Table salt
  • Water, 3-4 cups


  1. Put 1 cup of water in a pot.
  2. Saturate your kombo or add ½ teaspoons of baking soda.
  3. Add the chopped onion and cook over medium heat on the stove.
  4. Add the sliced okra. Add 2 cups of water.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes, until the okra pieces are soft.
  6. Add the tomatoes.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Table salt to taste. Hot pepper is optional.
  8. Turn off the heat after 5 minutes. Then serve.

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