How to make Traditional Zimbabwean Derere (Okra)


    500g okra

    1 small onion

    1 medium tomato

    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

    1/4 tsp ground black pepper

    300ml boiling water



 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.

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!


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