Okra, a vegetable from the mallow family, is typically consumed fresh before the pods mature and often referred to as "lady's fingers." Okra is a low-calorie vegetable rich in nutrients. It contains vitamin C, iron, minerals like magnesium, and vitamin A. Its high antioxidant content can help protect cells from damage.
Okra is beneficial for the digestive system due to its high fiber content, reducing the risk of constipation. It may also aid in controlling blood sugar levels. Its high fiber content slows down the rise in blood sugar levels, preventing blood sugar spikes.
A delicious way to prepare okra is by marinating it in garlic sauce. Here's a simple recipe for a tasty okra dish:
500 grams of fresh okra
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
1. Wash the okra and trim the ends.
2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add salt. Add the okra to the boiling water and blanch for about 3-4 minutes. Drain the okra and immediately immerse them in cold water.
3. In a wide pan, heat the olive oil. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
4. Add the blanched okra to the pan and stir. Season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 5-7 minutes.
5. Add the lemon juice and stir. Serve hot.