By Fofi Nikolaidis & Christine Polyzos
For the Love of Okra...
Okra Stifado Recipe | Μπάμιες Στιφάδο is a hearty and wholesome dish part of Christine’s from Kali Orexi Melbourne wonderful “Meri Month of May” campaign, which was shared with us by Fofi Nikolaidis from Kalamata.
"Greeks love okra! In the Southern Peloponnese, in the region of Kalamata, okra dishes are very popular. We cook okra in many different ways. The most popular of all is the Okra Stifado and that is why we choose it to share it for the "Meri of Month". Okra Stifado has an exceptional rich aromatic flavour and is one of the most tasty Greek vegetarian dishes. Okra is one of the most healthy vegetables and we love it because it is rich in vitamin C and collagen, very wholesome! Our family's Okra Stifado recipe is very simple and it is ready in 30 minutes. Please make it and enjoy it this winter..." Fofi Nikolaidis
Heat the Ladi Biosas organic extra virgin olive oil in a large pot.
Add onions, tomatoes, okra, salt, pepper, rosemary, bay leaves and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and cook for 30 minutes until the sauce thickens.
Serve right away with some seasonal salad and plenty of country style Greek crusty bread.
If you enjoyed this wholesome and hearty stew, then we think you'll absolutely love the following dishes as much:
Rabbit Stew from Ioannina, Epirus.
Chicken Soup Avgolemono from Crete.
Brown Lentils soup / Fakes recipe.