While Bodi was never on my top 20 list of things mom would cook while growing up on the islands, it’s definitely grown on me in my adult years. Yes, I’ve shared MANY Bodi recipes over the last few years, but this one is as traditional and basic as it gets.. without sacrificing flavor and overall taste. Basically it’s my fave!
1 lb bodi (aka bora, yard bean, long bean)
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion (diced)
1 mediun tomato (diced)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust)
4-6 cloves garlic (smashed)
Important! There’s a full tutorial video below to follow along to make cooking this delightful vegan dish as easy as possible. Should you want a little kick, add a bit of your favorite hot pepper to the pot. If making this dish gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary requirements.
Trim the ends of the bodi and discard, then cut into 1 inch pieces. Rinse will cool water and drain.
In a saucepan (one with a lid) on a medium flame, add the olive oil, followed by the diced onion. Stir, lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add the garlic and black pepper.
Cook for a further 3 minutes (lower the heat if you find that the garlic is starting to burn), then add the prepared bodi. Stir well to coat with that flavored oil.
Turn the heat up to medium, add the diced tomato and place the lid on the pan. If you wanted to add any spicy pepper, here is where I’d recommend you do. After about 3 minutes you should see it starting to boil (yes it will release it’s own juices along with the steam liquid). Turn the heat down to medium/low again and cook with the lid on. Should the pan be dry, add 1/4 cup of water.
After about 20 minutes (be sure to stir every 5 minutes or so) it’s time to personalize things a bit. Taste and adjust the salt to your liking and then decide if the Bodi is as tender as you like. I removed the lid and cooked with the lid off for a further 5 minutes as I wanted things a bit dry, rather than with any juices on the bottom.
Usually mom would cook it until it just starts falling apart, but I like the slight texture from cooking it my way. No she does NOT need to know this.
For extra flavor you may add 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger and the odd time I would also add a teaspoon of Hoisin Sauce to the pot. The two ways I enjoy this fry (fried) bodi is with Sada Roti or as a simple topping for hot rice.