Okra is such a versatile and not always easy to match vegetable, especially for people like me, who didn't grow up with. As many other food-related products, I've discovered okra relatively late, but through trials and errors, I've discovered my own dish combinations.
But I haven't try anything new for a long time, maybe for too long. It is not always easy to find the fresh product - and I am not a supporter of frozen veggies anyway - and most of the shops selling it are located quite far away from me. Sometimes, I was simply not in the good mood for paying the full attention requested by preparing a recipe with an ingredient so unfamiliar to my usual eating habits.
The wonder happened yesterday and I was not only happy to taste okra again, but also to scribble fast the main directions of a new recipe.
You can use this as a side dish - a good company to a meaty meal - or if you want more consistency, to add some shredded yellow cheese to make it into an autonomous meal. It suits very well white fish.
It is easy to prepare - you only need 45 minutes - and delicious for the palate, as well as healthy.
200 gr. fresh okra, finelly cut in rondels
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, finelly cut
5 middle-sized tomatoes, finelly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Aleppo Pepper
100 gr. rice-shaped noodles. it goes very well with rice
2 tablespoon cooking oil
Directions for preparing the okra mix
Warm the oil in a pan at medium heat. When it start sizzling, add the okra and keep mixing in order to have them fried on both sides. After 5 minutes add the garlic and keep mixing. Sprinkle the salt and add the tomatoes. Mix well for another 5 minutes. When ready, add the Aleppo Pepper, mix well and put it on the side.
For the rice-shaped noodles
In a pot, add the oil and warm it for a couple of minutes. Add the rice noodle and mix it well with the oil. Pour water, at a ration of 2 cups of water for a cup of rice noodles. Mix it well and leave it boil for around 15 minutes.
When the noodles are ready, add the okra mixture and mix it well while heated at medium size temperature for another couple of minutes.
Now, it is ready to be served, either as an independent dish or as a side dish to meat or fish.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes