Fried Okra, with Sweet Peppers

Howdy folks! 😊

The first thing I will say here is PLEASE Give Okra a chance!! 🙏🏾😊

I find that Okra is one of the most underutilized vegetables around, and I understand that’s likely because of its ‘slime factor.’ But there’s many ways you can cook Okra to solve for this – other than how we often prepare it in these parts – boiled with ‘soda.’

It can be breaded and deep fried, or it can just be sauted with seasoning – and then served as the decent and respectable side vegetable that it is. 😌

I also looked up its nutritional properties recently, and guys? You’re missing out on the good stuff if you don’t eat Okra! 👌🏾💯

For now though, here’s my simple fried Okra recipe that you can serve in minutes with any good meal. Guarantee you’ll love it! 😋

Here goes :

Fried Okra, with Sweet Peppers

Recipe by LubayaCourse: SidesDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Cuisine

Zambian

Ingredients

  • 400g Fresh Okra

  • 1 Large Green Pepper

  • 1 Red pepper

  • 2 Red Chilies

  • 1 Teaspoon brown onion seasoning

  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 Teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions

  • ⛔️ My first warning here is that this dish will only work if you have Okra that’s fresh and soft. If your Okra is hard and fibrous, frying it like this will have you feeling like you’re eating cooked sisal, so please make sure. 😊
    After a quick rinse, remove the ends and cut the Okra through length-wise.
  • Also julienne the green and red peppers into strips. These not only add color to the dish, but they also add some firm texture and a bit of crunch. 😊 Slice through the Chilies as well.
  • Next, heat the Olive oil in a pan and add in the Okra once hot. If the oil is not hot enough, it will add to the cooking time, and you don’t want the Okra over cooked. Saute for about 5 minutes. 😊
  • Add to the pan all the specified seasonings : Brown Onion seasoning, salt and pepper. We want the Onion flavor without using actual onions.😊 Because of the water content in onions, adding actual onions to this will make the dish very soggy.
  • Next, move the Okra to one side of the pan, and to the other, bring in your remaining vegetables – Red and Green peppers, plus the chili. Remember to only add the amount of chili that you can comfortably handle. 😊
  • Cook for another 5 minutes and then toss everything together, so that all the ingredients are well combined and the flavors can marry. 😊
  • After that, your dish is ready 😊. Serve warm, and garnish with some of the left over fresh Chili. Enjoy and enjoy as an accompaniment to any good meal! 😋
  • This is how these can be eaten…

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