Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bamia - Sweet and Sour Okra

Normally I use okra in simple stirfries which are easy to prepare.Okra or "Bamies" as it is known in Mediterranean is a part of several different cuisines and a part of hearty stew and such dishes.But I found a simple and unusual recipe of okra while googling.This is a simple stirfry from Egypt and is sweet and sour or sweet and spicy if properly spiced.It is simple to prepare and I have adapted it from Food Network.

Ingredients:
Okra: 8-10 pods
Honey
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil: 1-2 tbsp
Water: 2-3 tbsp

Preparation:
Wash and dry okra in papertowels.Top and tail it and then cut it into bite size pieces.

Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan and add okra pieces and saute for a few minutes.Add salt,honey,pepper and barely 3 tbsp water and cook till the liquid is almost evaporated.Few drops of liquid or rather honey will be there anyway coating the okra pieces.Serve as a side dish or snack as you like.

The dish is sweet from honey and spicy/sourish from pepper.You can increase or decrease each as you like.This is basically a sweet and spicy stirfry and since the pepper also adds a bit of sourness the name is "sweet and sour".Given a chance I would call it "sweet and spicy". Its a nice change from the usual okra stifry or spicy stews.

The dish also is a part of the BSI:Okra menu at Priya's.Do checkout the healthbenefits of okra there.

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