Let’s talk about Okra
Okra which is also known as lady fingers in some regions is most commonly used in stews and soups for the majority of the African and Caribbean community, or in curries / stir fry’s within the Asian communities.
Never the less Okra is a nutritious vegetable that is often overlooked because of the slimy consistency it can produce when cooked in a certain way and so many people develop an okra-phobia. However this recipe is guaranteed to convert the fearers of okra, there is no slime and you really get to enjoy the natural flavours it gives out after roasting. It’s a delightful recipe that can be used as a snack or as a side to go with your main.
Okra is a vegetable that you should try to incorporate into diet because of the many health benefits and I will list a few reasons why we should all be consuming more okra.
Okra has potent antioxidant power in its seeds and peel, which specifically help people with type 2 diabetes.
It contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. It’s low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content.
The various antioxidant components of okra make it very beneficial to fight off free radicals and the high vitamin C content also means that the body’s immunity is boosted.
For expecting mother’s or women trying to conceive Okra serves as a supplement for fiber and folic acid. This helps prevent birth defects like spina bifida and can even stop constipation during pregnancy.
Okra not only promotes good digestive health, but also good cholesterol levels due to its high fiber content.
Go ahead and try out this simple but delicious recipe. Leave your comments below.
175g Fresh okra
2 tsp coconut oil
Pinch of rock salt
1/2tsp garlic granuals
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
pre heat oven to 150 degrees.
Wash then slice the okra in halves
Season with the garlic, salt, paprika and chilli flakes. Then add the liquidised coconut oil and massage thoroughly to make sure all the okra slices are well coated with the seasonings and coconut oil.
On a lined baking tray, lay the okra slices and spread evenly.
Bake at 180 degrees for 10 minutes, by then you would see that it had reached this beautiful green and golden colour.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes then serve as desired.