If you think you don't like okra, try this oven-roasted okra recipe - it might just change your mind!
Sadly, okra doesn't have the best reputation. This is mainly due to the fact that the pods are mucilaginous - which translates to slimy!
Also known as 'lady fingers', okra is full of digestible fiber. Whilst this makes it a very healthy vegetable, it is the fiber that contributes to the sliminess.
But if you really don't care for the texture, you may find that oven roasted okra is more to your taste.
In this recipe, the pods are cut before cooking. The dry heat of the oven helps reduce the 'slime' factor significantly, so even if you haven't enjoyed okra before, you might just like it cooked like this!
Another way to make okra less slimy
In addition to roasting it, there is another way to reduce the sliminess of okra, so that you can then go ahead and use it in other recipes and pleasantly surprise your family with just how good it can be!
All you need to do is place the fresh okra in a bowl and cover it with cold water. Squeeze in all the juice from one whole lime, then set aside for 20 minutes. Drain, cook, and marvel at the improvement!
More tips for preparing and cooking with okra
If you have more okra than you know what to do with, read our tips for freezing okra.
Okra is also an important and delicious ingredient in this Coconut Chicken Curry, which is full of wonderful, bold flavor and best served over plain basmati rice.