Howdy folks! 🙂
Today we tackle another beloved Zambian delicacy, savored at almost every dinner table where nshima is being served. Prepared from 5 simple ingredients, this dish is fairly easy to make and certainly loved by Okra -lovers.
I’ve also added a second variation of Okra mixed with Bondwe , which I find equally delightful – in taste and texture 🙂
Try these out and let me know how it goes, and feel free to share your own traditional Okra-recipes 🙂
Okra -and Okra with BondweCourse: SidesDifficulty: Medium
2 Teaspoons Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Medium ripe Tomato
Bondwe (Amaranth leaves) – (Optional)
- Sort through and wash your Okra, picking out the healthiest ones.
- Slice up the veggies, width-wise, though I will give a disclaimer here. If you’re cooking the Okra only, you can cut the Okra into bigger/thicker pieces, while if the dish will be a medley or you prefer a ‘mushier’ consistency, thinner strips like these will be just fine. 🙂
- Next, prep your Soda. Depending on how much Okra you’re going to use, I’d say 2 teaspoons would do.
- Mix the Soda with 2/3 cup of water and the 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and bring the solution to a boil on the stove.
- Add your Okra to the boiling mixture, and after a few minutes it should start to ‘bubble and foam’ lol. Not to worry. This is expected. 🙂 Use a wooden spoon to tame everything down.
- While that’s cooking, prepare your tomatoes.
- Add to the pot after about 5 minutes of cooking.
- Again, use the wooden spoon to whip through the Okra a few times to make sure it not only stays in the pot, but also to make sure the tomatoes are cooked through.
- After about 5-7 minutes, and when it starts to thicken a little, You’re done. 🙂 Serve warm, with nshima and other ‘relishes’ right away.
- Alternatively, you can keep going and try out this variation of Okra mixed with Bondwe (Amaranth leaves) 🙂
- To the pot of cooked Okra, add your Bondwe leaves. Make sure these are separated from the stems. I don’t mind the stalks too much as they add some texture to the dish :-). You can also cut the leaves up finely with a knife, or add them in whole, as is my preference.
- Combine well with a cooking stick and make sure the leaves are incorporated with the cooked Okra. Cover the pot and cook for at least 5 minutes.
- The veggies will look something like this 🙂
- 5 minutes later, the dish is cooked and ready to serve.
- Had mine with Nshima, fried Tilapia and Gravy. #Bliss 😉