Bhindi (okra, also spelled “bhendi”) is a really popular ingredient in Indian, North African, and Middle Eastern cuisines. This masala recipe uses basic ingredients most westerners have on hand in their pantries, and it is a nice change from the usual American Southern-style deep fried and gumbo preparations. Full disclosure: I prepared this vegan dish with jasmine rice as a main course for lunch. The flavors were great, but Rami and I were both pretty hungry a few hours after eating. I recommend adding kidney beans, chopped cooked chicken, or tofu to this dish if you want to serve it as an entree.
1 lb okra, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/4 tsp. ginger powder or 1 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp. turmeric
1 pinch red pepper flakes, to taste
1 tsp. salt
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tomatoes, chopped or 16 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
2 Tbs. water, as necessary
2 Tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped (optional. Good, but not worth buying a whole bunch at the market just for this recipe.)
Rinse, dry, and chop the okra. Put a few paper towels on a plate near your work station and then heat oil in a large frying pan. Once oil shimmers, add okra to the pan and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally so that all pieces brown evenly. Meanwhile, prepare other vegetables. When okra is tender, use a slotted spoon to move it to the paper towel-lined plate. Add onions, garlic, and spices to the oily pan, stirring constantly to prevent sticking. Once garlic is tender, add peppers and continue to stir. Add a little water if needed to keep sufficient moisture in the pan. As peppers become tender, add tomatoes and additional water if needed. Stir and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes. Finally, add okra into mixture. Serve with rice and garnish with fresh cilantro.
Posted in Dietary Restrictions, Gluten Free, Lunch, Recipes, Sides & Appetizers, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Tagged Cooking, Garlic, Indian cuisine, Okra, Onion, peppers, Tomatoes
How do you fix a broken tomato? Tomato paste!
What’s spicy, green and red all over? A blog post with pictures of stewed okra, tomatoes and peppers on it!
Knock knock. Who’s there? Okra. Okra who? Okra Winfrey’s coming over for dinner!!
(That one’s not really funny unless you say the punchline out loud in your best Oprah Winfrey voice.)
Ok, seriously. This is one of my favorite summer recipes. It uses delicious, healthy ingredients and requires almost zero skill to prepare, plus it’s vegan!
Easy Stewed Okra Tomatoes and Peppers
1 jalapeno pepper with seeds and ribs
4 sweet or hot bell peppers, seeds and ribs removed
1 lb. okra
1 clove garlic
2 cups tomatoes (12 oz. canned diced or 2-3 fresh diced tomatoes will work)
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. cajun seasoning
A few Tbs. water for consistency, if stew is too thick
Heat olive oil on medium high heat in a large pot. Chop onion, peppers, jalapeño, garlic, and okra, adding the chopped veggies to the pot as you go. Saute vegetable mixture on medium high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The onions, peppers, garlic and okra should start to caramelize, turning dark brown at the edges. The okra will give off lots of slime. Meanwhile, chop the tomatoes or open the 12 oz. can of tomatoes and add those to the pot, with liquid. Season mixture with Cajun seasoning of your choice. Turn heat down to low. Cover and simmer for fifteen minutes to an hour. If you simmer it for the full hour, most of the okra will be pretty broken down and the slimy texture will be gone. Serve this on its own or over rice, grits or polenta.
*In closing: What do you call a nosy pepper? Jalapeno business!!
Posted in Gluten Free, Main Dish, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Tagged Corny Jokes, Garlic, Japapeno, Okra, Oprah Winfrey, peppers, Tomatoes, Vegan
I’m in love, you guys. With okra ladies. On YouTube.
I’m trying to figure out what to do with the okra in our Greenling basket this week, so I’m watching a lot of videos on YouTube for instruction. The okra is rather unremarkable, but the more videos I watch, the more I am enamored of the adorable ladies hosting the demonstrations. I want to gather them all together for a big okra tea party in my house. It would be full of bizarrely accented, adorable ladies. With lots of slime. And Amber the camera shy dog.