We've had a lot of okra this summer. Between what we grew in our backyard and the generous offerings from work (Perks of working in Plant Bio! :))
Okra, also known as Ladies' finger or Bhindi, is a member of the mallow family and is related to those beautiful tropical Hibiscus flowers. It is most often associated State -side with the South, Louisiana and Gumbo; a reflection of the area's African, and French culinary influences. They are high in fiber, vitamin C, and is also a good source of calcium and potassium.
Here is my recipe for Crispy Okra Salad:
1/2 lb Okra, sliced
1 Medium Red Onion, sliced
1 Red Pepper, sliced
1 Large Carrot, julienned
1 Bunch Cilantro, chopped
1 Lime, juiced
1 1/2 Tbsp Cajun Spice Mix
Salt & Pepper
Optional: 1lb Shrimp, Cleaned
Prep: Wash veggies, and thinly slice them. Slice the Okra long ways. Boil Shrimp.
1. Heat Oil in a pan till medium hot. When hot, add sliced Okra a little at a time. Cook for 30s until it turns bright green and edges turn light brown, scoop out and drain on paper towels.
2. Mix Red Onions, Peppers, Carrots, and Cilantro in a bowl, add the spice mix and stir. Then add the Lime juice and stir.
3. Add the boiled Shrimp and mix thoroughly, allow flavors to meld.
4. Before you are ready to serve add the crispy Okra, and stir.