Monday, 3 April 2017


Okra, Okro, Ladies Fingers or Gumbo is rich in Vitamin B, C, Folic acid, Pottasium and Calcium. It' has a high dietary fibre, fewer calories and it's readily available in most grocers and supermarkets. 

I first made this dish in 2014 and haven't looked back since. It's crunchy, smoky, delicious and acts as a healthy snack.
I usually add it to my Omelette or Salads and enjoy the crunch it offers.

This is an easy snack to make and works perfectly with a tangy sauce. Enjoy!

400g of washed Okra
4 tablespoonful of Olive oil
2 finely diced banana shallots or 1 large Onion
3 tablespoonful, of white wine vinegar.
1 tablespoonful of Goats butter or any butter
Zest of 1 lemon (optional)
20g of chopped Greek basil / tarragon /mint / fresh fennel stalks
Salt and pepper to taste.

Cut the heads and tips off the okra and cut lengthways
Place the Okra in a bowl, drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Place a griddle pan on a medium heat.
Grill the Okra on each side for about 3-4 minutes and set aside. 

In a saucepan, add the butter and Olive oil. Place the saucepan on a medium heat. Melt and heat the butter till it browns, but not burnt(Buerre noisette). Turn the heat to a lower setting and add the shallots.
Fry gently for 3 minutes (stirring frequently).
Add the Lemon zest and fry for another minute.
Add the vinegar and increase the heat. Reduce the juice by a third, which should take about 3 minutes.
Add the Greek basil / Tarragon or your preferred herbs, stir and remove from the heat.
Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

To serve;
Add the sauce to a bowl and cover it with  the grilled Okra. Drizzle the Okra with olive oil and serve with an optional Green chilli and Ginger blend 

To make your Green chilli/ Ginger blend;
Roughly blend 50g of green Chilies/Ginger, 1 medium onion and a pinch of salt. Add a tablespoon of olive oil, mix and serve. 

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