Okra – and Okra with Bondwe

Howdy folks! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Try these out and let me know how it goes, and feel free to share your own traditional Okra-recipes πŸ™‚

Okra -and Okra with Bondwe

Recipe by LubayaCourse: SidesDifficulty: Medium


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  • 500g kra

  • 2 Teaspoons Soda

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

  • 1 Medium ripe Tomato

  • Bondwe (Amaranth leaves) – (Optional)

  • 300ml Water


  • 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. πŸ™‚
  • 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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) πŸ™‚
  • 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 πŸ™‚
  • 5 minutes later, the dish is cooked and ready to serve.
  • Had mine with Nshima, fried Tilapia and Gravy. #Bliss πŸ˜‰

After reading to the end...what do you think? :-)