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Servings: 4 Prep time: 20 minutes

Okra & Tomato Stew

I didn’t like okra for years. Wouldn’t eat it. I found it squishy and slimy with no redeeming features. That was until I ate it at Dye’s Gullah Fixin’s in Hilton Head, South Carolina. I now have the zeal of the converted!

This Okra & Tomato Stew recipe is simple and delicious. It owes as much to Indian cooking as to what I tasted at Dye’s, and it’s really good. The trick is to cook the cut okra over high heat for a couple of minutes to seal them before adding the tomatoes and liquid.

    1. Prepare the quick tomato sauce as outlined here.
    2. In a sauté pan with a tight fitting lid, heat olive oil or medium-high heat.  Add onion and ginger and cook until softened.
    3. Add the okra and salt and cook, stirring for 2 – 3 minutes.  Add turmeric and cook for 1 minute more stirring constantly.
    4. Add the tomato sauce and cook for 1 minute, then add ½ cup of water, cover and cook for 5 minutes.  Uncover and cook for 3 minutes or until there is little liquid in left the pan, and the tomato sauce has thickened and coats the okra.


Ann’s Tips and Tricks

This is a really simple dish, so the ingredients have to be good. Be sure to buy small, fresh, green okra pods that are as crisp and unblemished as you can find.

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