How many of you have ever had okra? I had never eaten (or heard of, actually) okra until traveling to Africa. Many people think of okra as a southern food, but it actually is an African vegetable. Here's what it looks like in its natural state.
The insides look like little stars:
According to the internet, many people shy away from cooking okra because it gets slimy when cooked. Apparently if you do NOT rinse it before cooking, the slime is not a problem. I was a little anxious about not washing my vegetables before cooking them, but I figured a little dirt is better than a lot of slime. I sauteed the sliced okra in olive oil with onion and garlic (obviously) and some cumin to give it an Indian flavor. Here's what it looked like while cooking:
And after. This was AMAZING. It totally took me back to my trip to Africa. The dish was so good that although I intended to make extra to take for lunch the next day, I actually ate all of it at once. I highly recommend trying okra if you haven't already. You can buy it fresh (as pictured here), or frozen.