Note from the editor: I am not usually one to try okra dishes, being quite squeamish about the slimy texture of the vegetable. But when comedian Carl Joshua Ncube recently gave me the go ahead to use some of his recipes for the site, I knew I wanted to try something a bit experimental, yet local. And so I zeroed in on his recipe for okra!
I tried it myself and it’s as easy to make as the instructions convey. Measurements for the cooking oil, okra and vegetable stock are all by eye, but I used about 2 Tbsp oil, half a fairly sized packet of okra and one-and-a-quarter cups of stock. Also I used chilli flakes instead of powder, as I didn’t have the latter.
I really enjoyed the flavours and aromas of the final product; makes for a great and healthy winter warmer.
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1 tsp curry powder
1 chopped tomato
1 chopped onion
1 clove garlic
1 tsp chilli powder
2 chopped chilies
1/2 tsp soda
1. Put some oil in your saucepan; fry off the onion, garlic in a bit of curry and chilli powder.
3. Add your chopped okra. Boil until it becomes all gooey. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Add finely chopped tomato and extra chillies according to your preference. Serve!