How to make Traditional Zimbabwean Derere (Okra)

Ingredients:

    500g okra

    1 small onion

    1 medium tomato

    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

    1/4 tsp ground black pepper

    300ml boiling water

 

Instructions:

 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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