In Northern Ghana, many meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, and starches are dried as a means of preserving them. Okra (commonly referred to as okro in Ghana), for example, is dried and powdered and added to soups, as are baobab leaves or locust beans (dawadawa). This is an easy soup that could also be prepared in a crockpot. Dried ground okra is often available in West African food markets or you can follow the instructions here to make it yourself.
Use other types of meat, and/or add powdered dried shrimp or smoked fish.
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