(By Mrs. Soheila Amiri)
1 pound fresh okras
1/2 pound stew meat cubed
4 Oz of Tomato Paste or
8 Oz of Tomato sauce
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small clove of garlic
1 tablespoon turmeric (Zard Choobeh)
3 tablespoons cooking oil
salt and pepper
Cut off the stems of the okras, wash and drain them. In a medium
size pot, fry the onions in oil over medium heat until they turn golden
brown. Add the meat, salt, pepper and turmeric, stir, and let it cook for
a few minutes. Occasionally stir so it doesn't stick to the pot. Add the
tomato sauce/paste, stir and let it cook over medium-low heat. If you use
tomato paste, dilute it in hot water before adding it in.
Depending on the toughness of the meat you use, it may take as much
as an hour for the meat to soften. Occasionally, put a sharp knife in one
of the pieces to see if it has softened. In the process, you may have to
add more tomato sauce and/or water to stop the sauce mixture from thickening.
When the meat has softened, give the mixture one last vigorous stir
and put the okras on top. With a knife make a few holes into the garlic
clove (unpeeled), and put it in one corner of the pot so that later it
be retrieved. Let it cook over medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes or until
the okras have lost their green color.
If you get to pick the okras at the market, select the smallest
ones. Okras tend to get tougher as they get bigger. The pre-cut,
frozen okras could be used if all else fails.
When you are cutting the stems, try not to cut into the pods themselves.
Otherwise, you are going to end up with a gooey mess.
For the health conscious who doesn't want to use red meat, you can
the same recipe with chicken breast.
If you're in a hurry, and have a pressure cooker handy, put the(red)
in the cooker with a medium onion cut in large pieces and a bit of salt,
pepper and turmeric, add water and let it cook for about 5-10 minutes.
Then take the meat out and drain it. Add it the same way as fresh meat
to the fried onions and follow the recipe from that point on.
Also, make sure you take out the clove of garlic before serving.Otherwise,
the poor sole who ends up eating it accidentally, may suffer sever consequences
the next day at work :).