Muffin Meals

No, these meals won't be muffins but Muffin is one of my nicknames. Besides, it sounds cute! After viewing the Vegan Lunchbox site, religiously, my Husband wants me to post my own menu. I will try to post one meal each day. I hope I inspire people to have creative and healthy home cooked meals. I think that even if you aren't a vegetarian, you'll like the meals I present. I do feature dairy products and eggs in my food from time to time, but will try my best to present vegan dishes as well.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Okra

I've had a number of people ask me, what the heck do you do with Okra. So I did a little research.

http://southernfood.about.com/library/weekly/aa081401a.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okra

Wikipedia states that Okra "has the same mucilaginous properties as nopales [prickly pear cactus fruit]." This is a very nice way of saying, its slimy.

So, word of warning, if you can't handle slimy foods....don't try to eat this. If you aren't sure, only buy a few okra at first.

If you want to try okra, there are many ways to cook it. You can steam it, boil it, cook it in stew. You can cut it in small rounds and fry it, a favorite of ours is to bread it like eggplant parmesan and fry it that way. I also like to stir fry it with onions and Indian spices like curry or garam masala.

The best way to prepare it depends on how you will cook it. If you are going to leave it whole, just trim off any blackened ends and then cook as desired. Word of caution here, leaving it whole will give you more of the slimy properties.

If you are wanting small peices, cut off the very tip of the pod and the stem and then cut the remaining portion into rounds. Prepare and cook as desired.

I hope all this information helped you all.

3 Comments:

  • At 6:47 PM, Blogger fiammetta said…

    yes thank you!!!! i think rounds are the way for me to go

     
  • At 9:13 PM, Blogger pavandeep said…

    try this... cut off the tops, then cut it lengthwise into quarters. spread then on a baking sheet (lined with aluminum foil). add sliced onions, salt, tumeric, garam masala, red pepper, and olive oil. Mix everything together. Bake in the oven until the okra starts browning. They're less slimy this way.

     
  • At 2:47 PM, Blogger Urban Vegan said…

    My friendly neighborhood Indian restaurant does a nice okra curry.

     

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