Okra, or ladies fingers (appropriate for Halloween?!) are in season at the moment here in Cyprus, and when i can, i love using seasonal local produce. Threfore i thought, what a better comforting autumnly heavenly dish than this traditional “stew”. I put “stew” in inverted commas because it doesnt taste like a stew, its more like a deep tomato sauce which the ladies fingers bathe in (wow i somehow just made that sound even creepier). The beauty of this classic cypriot dish, is in its simplicity. One ingredient is the hero, and the rest are all cupboard / fridge staples.
Research has shown that produce is more potent in its nutritional value when it’s in season so i always like to make use of whatever is ripe at the rigth time so to speak. So the fact that they’re seasonal, means their rich content of vitamins and minerals (including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and fiber) are more “true” and potent.
Definitly serve warm (not piping hot : when piping hot, the bamies have a different texture) with fresh village bread to soak up that delicious sauce. Enjoy this autumnly dish. I am