I was, or should say am not, an okra lover. I am unsure how people manage to eat them boiled especially and like it. I always give my dad a face when I see it on his plate.
I can manage however, eating it with rice, once that residue is not there. I know some people do like that, but thankfully my aunt taught me how to get that sliminess out of the okra.
The ingredients for this are pretty basic. The okra, rice, garlic, coconut milk, onion are the main things. You will also need water, black pepper and salt to taste.
The okras need to be cut up. After cutting the head and the ends off of the tail, the rest would be cut up in about 2 inch pieces to be cooked.
The trick to getting the slim out of the okra is basically frying it in the oil, onion and garlic till it is gone. This takes about five minutes. When the okra is all fried up you add the green seasoning to the pot.
We then get ready to add the rice and mix with okra then the add coconut milk
And the hardest part of making the rice is done. Bring everything to a high boil and then lower to a simmer until rice is cooked.
I can't believe I'm eating this, much less cooking it now as I have gotten older. I honestly would not eat when my parents cooked.
This rice can be nicely paired with some steam fish on the side or sometimes we even add salt fish (cod) to the rice while it is cooking. A great vegetarian option
I am still not 100% sold on eating okra in any other way than this. Ha. Baby steps I guess.
I always wonder if anyone else (any other culture) eats okra with rice? Do you?
Okra and Rice (Printable Recipe)
Prep Time: 00:10
Cook Time: 00:40
Keywords: stir-fry steam entree side vegetarian Caribbean
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 12 - 15 okras (ochros) cut into 2" slices
- 2 tablespoons green seasoning
- 2 cups of parboiled rice
- 1/2 a small onion thinly sliced
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup water + additional water
- Black pepper and salt to taste
- Flavor pepper (optional)
- 1 tablespoon oil
Heat pan and add oil
Add crushed garlic, okras and onion to pan
Stir fry for 5 - 6 minutes until gummy residue from okra's disappear
Add green seasoning and stir
Add rice to mixture. Stirring to ensure it is evenly coated and okra is evenly distributed.
Add coconut milk and water
Bring mixture to a high boil
Lower heat to a simmer for 20 - 25 until rice is tender. Add additional water if rice is not fully cooked and liquid has reduced
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