I brought my laptop with me during my recent holiday break in KL hoping to “squeeze” in some time to update my food blog. In the end, I decided to give my laptop a holiday break too. LOL!
Now that the holiday is over, it’s time to crank up my “engine” again and get back to my daily routine. I seriously MISSED the blogging world and can’t wait to share with you all the great recipes I tried and tested recently.
Today’s recipe is a quick and easy meal that’s great for both lunch and dinner. It’s the first time I paired okra (refer note) (also known as lady fingers) with chicken and tomato sauce. The taste from this combination turned out to be absolutely delicious. This is attested by my son’s fantastic appetite and increased speed in finishing his meal. Both of us cleaned up the whole dish in no time at all. Hahaha!
The tomato sauce used in this recipe is also suitable for cooking other dishes such as scrambled eggs with tomatoes. Its sweet and sour taste also blends well with chicken or fish on its own without having to add vegetables. The sweetness and sourness of this sauce can be adjusted according to your own preference.
As many people (including my hubby) dislike the tasteless, slimy texture of okra, this sauce is perfect for okra. Alternatively, you can also substitute okra with other vegetables like peas, broccoli and brinjal. The other option is to cook okra with chili shrimp paste, but it may not suit your toddlers’ taste bud.
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Okra, besides its valuable nutrients, is a perfect choice for those looking for greens with a longer shelf life. For this reason, I love to stock up okra as I need not worry of it going bad like other perishable vegetables. I would wrap them with a kitchen towel, placed inside a zip lock bag and stored in the fridge in the vegetable compartment. Properly stored, okra can stay fresh for 4-5 days.