In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Amazing Curry Jingi (Chinese Okra).

Yet another dish I disliked as a lil fella growing up on the islands, but adore as an adult. Served with hot Sada roti and a few slices of avocado (zabouca) and some Mango Kuchela on the side and Uncle Chris is in culinary heaven.

You’ll Need…

2 lbs Jingi (Chinese Okra)
1/4 lbs salted Cod (prepared)
1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
6 cherry tomatoes
1 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
6 cloves garlic (smashed)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (geera)
3 medium potato (1/4s)
2 cups water
2 tablespoon Coconut Cream

Notes! If you wanted to do this curry dish fully vegan, simply leave out the salted Cod at the start. I used salted cod, but you may use any dried salted fish you prefer. Watch the video below to learn how I ‘prepared” the salted fish, and while I used boned (means the bones were removed) salted Cod, I still kept an eye out for any bones (to be removed and discarded). I used cherry tomatoes (or were they grape tomatoes?) but any tomato will work.

Using a sharp pairing knife or potato peeler, remove the outer skin off the Jingi and discard, cut into 1 inch cubes and rinse with cool water. Drain and set aside. You may want to prep your other ingredients at this time as well.

Add the oil to your pot on a medium flame, then add the prepared salted cod pieces to the pan, turn the heat to low and cook for 3 minutes. This step will flavor the oil. After which, remove and set aside.

In the same pot on a low flame (try to not remove the oil we started with – add a bit more if needed), add the garlic and stir well. 30 seconds later add the cumin seeds and cook for another minute. Then add the Caribbean Green Seasoning and stir well.

It’s now time to add your fav curry powder (heat still on low) and cook until fragrant. About 3 minutes. During this time add the black pepper.

Now turn the heat to medium and add the cubed pieces of Jingi and stir to coat with the curry base we created. Feel free to add a splash of water if you find that it’s starting to stick at the bottom of the pot.

It’s now time to add the pieces of potato and stir again. Top with the tomato, salt (see my tip in the video) and water and with the lid on, bring to a boil.

Once you have a good boil going, reduce to a simmer, add the coconut cream and cover the pot slightly ajar. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

With everything tender and falling apart, it’s time to ad back the pre-cooked salted Cod to the pot and stir well. Taste and adjust the salt and crank up the heat should you find that it’s too runny for your liking (keeping in mind that it will thicken as it cool).

Such a simple, yet wickedly tasty dish!

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