• 500g okra
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 300ml boiling water
I last ate  derere (okra) made in this Zimbabwean traditional manner way back when I was weee tall and haven’t had it since (my kiddie-taste buds didn’t quite fancy it) 😀 !  However, I do know of some people who love it made in this manner but just couldn’t figure out how to go by it. So I hope this recipe will help. You can add some chilli pepper to this okra “stew” for that extra kick. Also, start with less water so you can always adjust the consistency of the “soup” if it’s too thick for your liking. Here I used about 300ml of water. Let’s get started.

Quick Instructions

  1. Wash and cut your okra (500g) into rings. Chop your onion (1 small onion) and tomato (1 medium tomato). Put boiling water (300ml) in a saucepan/pot , add bicarbonate of soda (1 tsp) and bring this water to the boil. As soon as the water boils, add your okra and onions.
  2. Whisk or stir briskly for about 3 minutes.  Add tomatoes and continue stirring until the tomatoes are cooked through (another 3 minutes). If you are adding chilli pepper or cayenne powder, this would be the perfect time to add them.  If okra’s too thick for your liking, you may add a little bit of water at a time until you get the consistency you like. Season with salt (3/4 tsp) and ground black pepper (1/4 tsp). Simmer for the final 2 minutes and you’re done!


Pictorial Detailed Instructions

Step-1

Wash and cut your okra into rings. Chop your onion and tomato (a). Put boiling water in a saucepan/pot , add bicarbonate of soda and bring this water to the boil (b). As soon as the water boils, add your okra (c) and onions (d).

 

Step-2

Whisk or stir briskly for about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and continue stirring until the tomatoes are cooked through (another 3 minutes) (a). If you are adding chilli pepper or cayenne powder, this would be the perfect time to add them. If okra’s too thick for your liking, you may add a little bit of water at a time until you get the consistency you like. Season with salt (b) and ground black pepper (c). Simmer for the final 2 minutes and you’re done (d)!

 

Traditional Okra (Derere)

Traditional Okra (Derere)



Not too difficult after all huh? Serve this with sadza (pap). Go ahead and give it a go. Remember, I’d love to hear from you when you’ve tried it.  In the same line, I invite you to sign-up for my mailing list – ZimboKitchen Today – so you cab get recipes in your mail box. Sign-up here.

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