Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fresh Okra with peanut sauce

It is very refreshing to see okra in my Canadian town. This is a wonderful vegetable for the intestines with much nutritional value. Some people are discourage by the taste, however the whole secret is in selecting fresh okra. When purchasing fresh okra, choose those that are roughly 2 to 3 inches long and about 1/2 inch thick. Longer and thicker okra can be have a woody texture. Here another tip: pay extra attention to maintaining the cooking temperature at a low setting, or the spices will burn and give a bitter flavor to the dish. Okra is good for all doshas.

Ingredients for 4
1 tsp of coconut oil of ghee
1 tsp cumin seed
1 pound fresh okra, stem end removed.
1/4 cup dry-roasted unsalted peanuts coarsely chopped.
1 tsp of jaggery or natural sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp of sweet chilli or cayenne.
1/4 tsp ground turmeric.

for sauce:
2 tsp peanut butter
juice of half lime, add water if needed to form a creamy peanut sauce.
pinch of salt
mix this well. Add the sauce before serving.

Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat, add cumin and let it sizzle for 10 sec. add the rest of the spices and the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until okra is tender.

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