In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Bhagi – Spinach With Okra.

Yes, for the untrained eye and palate this may appear as Callaloo (in a post apocalyptic world where crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp, salted pigtail, smoked turkey etc no longer exist), however this is just another form of Bhagi to me. Served with hot Sada Roti and lime peppersauce on the side for what is a very comforting vegan meal.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion (sliced)
6-8 cloves garlic (smashed)
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 Bird’s Eye peppers (chopped)
1 lb okra (trimmed and cut)
2 lbs spinach (washed/chopped)
3-4 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust)
1-2 tablespoon coconut cream
6-8 grape tomatoes (chopped)

Notes! Please use the video below to follow along as much more about the recipe is explained there. if making this dish gluten free, please refer to the list of ingredients to ensure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs.

Prep the spinach by washing well and give it a rough chop. With the okra (say ochro) wash, remove the stems and cut into 1/4 inch wheels.

Heat the olive oil (any oil you prefer using) on a wide/deep saucepan on a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, black pepper and in my case I used Bird’s Eye peppers for a bit of heat. You may use any hot pepper you like or can source and in the amounts you can tolerate. Should you not enjoy spicy foods, this is optional. Reduce the hat to low and cook for about 4 minutes.

Turn the heat back up to medium and add the okra, stir well and cook for 3-4 minutes before adding the spinach.

It will pile up but as it cooks the spinach will wilt and you’ll have enough room for everything. You may use a lid to help create steam should you wish to quicken this step. This is when I added the water to help create that steam.

It’s then time to add the salt, chopped tomatoes (use any tomato you may have on hand) and the coconut cream. Turn the heat down to med/low and with the lid on (slightly ajar) cook for 25-35 minutes.

It will not be a ‘pretty’ dish and the texture may be a bit ‘slimy’ due to the inclusion of the okra. However it’s ranked as one of the top vegan dishes you’ll ever make.

It’s now time to personalize things a bit. taste and adjust the salt to your liking and this is when you’ll also decide if you want it a bit runny or as in my case, I gave it another 5-7 minutes to tighten up a bit more (got rid of all the liquid).

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