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Okra with Tomato
Greece
  -   Bamyes Yahni
Makes:
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Sched:
DoAhead:  
7 side  
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1-1/2 hrs  
Yes

No, it's not slimy, at all. This is a very popular vegetable side dish in Greece and Turkey, and for good reason - it is one of the most delicious vegetable dishes ever. This recipe also makes a fine light vegetarian lunch served with a little steamed rice.


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Okra (1)
Vinegar, white
Onion
-- Tomato mix
Tomatoes
Garlic
Parsley
Salt
Pepper
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Olive Oil ExtV
-- Garnish
Parsley, chopped
Prep   -   (40 min - 15 min work)
  1. Shave the hard cap from the OKRAS. Use a very sharp knife and cut in the form of a cone, making sure you do not cut into the hollow part. Some people just trim off the stem, but this way makes for nicer okra.
  2. In a non-reactive bowl, tumble Okras with Vinegar. Let them soak for 30 minutes, tumbling occasionally to make sure they stay coated - this treatment prevents them from splitting open during cooking.
  3. Quarter ONIONS lengthwise and slice thin crosswise.
  4. Scald TOMATOES 1 minute in boiling water, quench in cold water, peel and chop medium coarse. Peel and crush GARLIC. Chop PARSLEY (chopping extra for Garnish). Mix all Tomato mix items.
Run   -   (40 to 50 minutes)
  1. Drain Okras and rinse. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. In a coverable sauté pan heat Oil and fry Onions until translucent. Stir in Okras until well coated with oil and starting to fry.
  3. Stir in Tomato mix, tumbling gently to distribute evenly. Cover tightly and simmer very slowly until Okra is tender. This will be 30 to 40 minutes depending on tenderness of the raw Okras.
  4. Serve warm, garnished with chopped Parsley.
NOTES:
  1. Okra:   Select young okras of moderate size, up to about 3 inches long. Older, larger okras will contain strong fibers and will not cook satisfactorily.
  2. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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