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Okra: Two super simple ways to cook it

Okra (pronounced US: /ˈoʊkrə/, UK: /ˈɒkrə/) (You know, almost like the sound one would make at the moment of an important epiphany or a cheerful chant to a friend’s success), is a type of plant that belongs to the same family as hibiscus and cotton. The term “okra” most commonly refers to the edible green seedpods of the plant.

Although the scientific name of the plant is Abelmoschus Esculentus, it has many different names around the world–okra, okro, lady fingers (England), gumbo (U.S.), guino-gombo (Spain), guibeiro (Portugal), Kacang bendi (Malaysia), and bhindi, gombo, and bendakai (India).

The longish, tender, green color pea plant can be found in a number of cuisines throughout the world, and normally eaten as a vegetable in salads, broths, stews, and stir-fries.

Because of its rather glutinous texture, it is often a challenge to cook. But, that hasn’t stopped the vegetable from gaining its popularity. A big contributing factor to its popularity: the proclaimed health benefits of the plant.

Okra is a nutrition powerhouse rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. According to the National Nutrient Database, one cup of raw okra contains:

Nutrients In 1 Cup Of Okra % of Daily Value
Energy 33 Calories  –
Fiber 3.2 gm 12.8
Protein 1.9 gm  –
Carbohydrate 7.5 gm  –
Fat 0.2 gm
Magnesium 57 mg 14.3
Calcium 82 mg 8.2
Potassium 299 mg 8.5
Sodium 7 mg  –
Vitamin C 23 mg 38.3
Vitamin K 31.3 mg 39.1
Folate (vitamin B9) 60 µg 15
Vitamin A 716 IU 14.3
Thiamin (vitamin B1) 0.2 mg 13.3
Vitamin B6 0.2 mg 10.8

Some studies even suggested that eating okra can help reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. -> See here

In this blog, I am going to share two super way simple ways to cook fresh Okra, which take less than 20 minutes.

Oil-dripped Okra

Ingredients:

  • Fresh okra (about 250g)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jalapeno (or red chili)
  • Some amount of ginger
  • 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Steps:

  1. Before washing the okra, rub them with some salt to remove the hairs on the skin. Use a knife to remove the rough parts of the heads and cut off ends.
  2. Cut jalapeno and ginger in shreds, and dice the garlic.
  3. Prepare the sauce with soy sauce, vinegar, white pepper powder, garlic and any other sauce you may prefer. 
  4. Add some salt and a few drops of oil to boiled water, cook the okra in the boiled water for about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Remove the okra, soak them in ice water before placing them on the plate.
  6. Remove the water from the okra, pour the sauce on top of the okra, and place the jalapeno and ginger on top as well.
  7. Heat up the olive oil, until you see smoke coming from the pan. Pour the hot oil on top of the okra. DONE!

Steamed Egg Okra

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 pieces of okra
  • 3 eggs
  • Spring onion
  • Small handful of Bonito flakes
  • Japanese soy sauce

Steps:

  1. Cut the okra in small sections, so you’ll see the star shape of the okra.
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl, add about a tbsp of water, stir it evenly with chopsticks.
  3. Place the okra evenly into the bowl, put the bowl in hot water, steam for about 10 minutes. 
  4. Take out the steamed egg, and garnish with chopped spring onion and Bonito flakes
  5. Drizzle some soy sauce on top. DONE!

Too lazy to cook? You can also buy dried okra at superfoodbox.life!

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