I like the meals that have just few ingredients and are easy to cook. That is why Okra stew is my favorite dish. Okra's always been in our weekly grocery shopping list and once a week okra stew is a must. If you don't like its stickiness, you may want to keep and cook it as whole. But, I love how it absorbs all the flavors and becomes soft and juicy, so I cut off heads and tails to allow the flavors in the sauce go through them. Okra otherwise known as Lady Fingers is a very low alkaline veggie and has many nutritional benefits if it's consumed raw. However, you can get creative with it and cook a healthy and harmless vegan dish.
- Okra whole or cut off 1 kg
- Tomato peeled and chopped 7 fresh or 1 tinned
- Zucchini diced 2-3 medium
- potato peeled and diced 3-4 medium
- lemon sqeezed 1 medium
- onion peeled and chopped 1 medium
- garlic crashed 3-4 cloves
- water boiled 2-3 cups
- vegetable oil 1 tbs
- salt, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric, ground pepper as you like
Put a large saucepan or a pot over a medium heat, add onions, garlic, and vegetable oil and saute for a minute or two. Add the okras, spices, salt, lemon juice and half a cup water, turn the heat down to medium-low and let it cook for about 10 minutes. Once the potatoes are soft, add tomatoes, zucchinis and the remaining water, put the lid on and let it cook for another 20-25 minutes.
I like serving it with a bowl of buckwheat or quinoa. You can serve it with rice or have it on its own and enjoy this filling and delicious meal.