Recipe of the Week: Stir-Fried Tomatoes and Okra
Okra is an often overlooked vegetable on the farm; however, okra is both healthy and delicious! Okra is a good source of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and has many other health benefits. There are many ways to prepare okra, from frying, to grilling, to eating it raw! For best flavor, look for finger-length, dark green pods that are firm and dry. Okra is often found in southern cooking, but is used all around the world. Check out this recipe for Indian-style stir-fried tomatoes and okra: Stir-fried Tomatoes and Okra, Indian-style Ingredients 1/2 lb okra, sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices 1/2 onion, thinly sliced 1 medium tomato OR 8 cherry tomatoes, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice Salt to taste OPTIONAL: Add chilli powder (1/2 tsp), cumin (1/2 tsp), turmeric (1/3 tsp), and cayenne(1/4 tsp) to add an Indian flavor to this dish! Instructions 1. Heat oil in frying pan on high heat and add onions and garlic; allow to brown. 2. OPTIONAL: Add chilli powder, cumin, turmeric and cayenne to pan. 3. Add okra, tomatoes, salt, and stir-fry until okra is tender and flavors are blended. 4. Stir in lemon juice. 5. Serve warm over rice or as a side dish. Over the summer we will post recipes featuring fresh ingredients that we are growing on Common Good City Farm. Check back weekly to see what we are harvesting!