Okra. Or you may know it as ‘Lady’s fingers’. This vegetable is packed with fiber, vitamins and rich in folates.
The second dish I made from the organic vegies box, was a stew. It is very loosely based on Greek styled okra. This dish is great for cold weather, and is so healthy too! Prep time takes a while, but it’s well worth it! This stew can be seasoned with any of your favourite spices, and you can even add other vegetables to it for a chunkier, more substantial main dish.
It is also free of many allergens!
Okra Stew (naturally gluten free, egg free, nut free, dairy free, sugar free, vegetarian, oat free, corn free, soy free)
- A punnet of okra (I didn’t weigh these, but in total there were seventeen pieces)
- Two large tomatoes, peeled and cut
- One yellow onion, peeled and chopped
- Two fresh garlic cloves, chopped
- A small piece of fresh ginger, chopped
- 1/4 cup of tomato paste
- Sunflower oil (or other cooking oil)
- Spices (I used a teaspoon each of Masala and ground black pepper)
- 1/2 a cup of vinegar (I used dark, but any should do)
- Salt (for step 3 in the Directions, and for seasoning)
- Wash, and top and tail (cut the top and bottom pieces off) the okra
- Place into a flat dish
- Sprinkle lightly with salt (I didn’t measure – a sprinkling will do), then pour over the 1/2 cup of vinegar
- Leave to stand for 15 minutes
- Whilst the okra stands, prepare the remainder of the ingredients
- Place the two tomatoes into a deep bowl
- Pour over boiling water, enough to cover
- Let stand
- Peel and chop the garlic, onion and ginger
- Carefully remove the tomatoes from the bowl, and peel off the skin. Wait for a few minutes, to cool down, then chop
- After fifteen minutes, wash and drain the okra. Do not cut into smaller pieces. Leave whole.
- In a pan or big based pot, heat a tablespoon of oil
- Add the onion, garlic and ginger and fry gently, for about 4 minutes, until the onions are translucent
- Place the okra into the pan, and gently fry, until slightly brown
- Next, add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and seasoning (salt and other spices) and stir
- Simmer (covered), for 20-30 minutes, until the okra is soft and saucy
- Serve as a side dish, or as a main meal with rice, pasta or bread (to mop up the sauce)