Bajan Okra & Rice

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Handed down to me from my mother. She would prepare is so well and I really enjoyed it because it was different from the rice she usually prepared.


1lb okra, without stem or tip, cut into cubes
2 cups rice, long or medium grain
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh coriander or cilantro
1 teaspoon of coriander and Bajan green seasoning seasoning
1/2 lb salt tails or salt beef
Salt and pepper to taste


Cook salted pigtails until most of the salt has been extracted and well cooked add the two cups of water.

Add the rice, salt, and when it begins to boil set the heat to low, cover when it’s well cooked.

Add the rice, salt, and when it begins to boil set the heat to low, cover .for about 5 minutes

Wash and cut the stems and tips from the okras, discard them.

If you want, you can cut them into slices or cook them whole. Boil in one cup of water for approximately 8 minutes.

Or steam on top of rice as it simmers. Add the oil to the pot and add the onion and garlic, cook for 2 minutes at medium-low heat.

Add the pepper, the seasoning, the okra and part of the water in which you boiled it. let simmer until well cooked.

Recipe Submitted by Good Old Bajan Cooking Group.

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