Okra and Zucchini Salad - Mloukhia

Happy New Year!!! I hope you had wonderful holiday celebrations surrounded by your loved ones.

How was your first week of the year? Any resolutions?

I don’t really believe in New Year resolutions but for those who decided to kick off the New Year with a healthier eating lifestyle, I’ve got a great recipe for you! This salad is not only super healthy but it’s very tasty and incredibly easy to prepare.

This okra and zucchini salad is a typical Moroccan salad, by that I mean the type of salad that you will usually find sitting next the main tagine dish in a traditional Moroccan dining table. This range of salads include zaalouk, foul or tomato and cucumber salad. They are usually served warm or cold and are kind of the equivalent of a side dish. 

So the other day while I was grocery shopping in my tiny local super market and I found okra, I automatically decided that my next recipe for you guys will be this salad! Hope you enjoy it.

***Another thing*** I have a serious question for you!

I’d like to ask you what recipes or article you would like me to post this year? 

Here is a list of things I’ve got coming up:

-       A baghrir layer cake

-       Maakouda

-       Ras el hanout slow roasted beef bun 

-       Something with roasted garlic, because Y U M

-       Preserved lemon and lobster mac and cheese

-       Berkoukech

-       Bissara

-       Easy Khlei

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Okra and Zucchini Salad

INGREDIENTS

Serve 4

  • 200 gr okra
  • 200 gr zucchini, chopped in 2.5 cm (1 inch) pieces
  • 2 large tomatoes, grated (keeping their juices)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt or more to taste

 METHOD

• Trim the stem of the okras and chop them into 2.5 cm (1 inch) pieces.

• Transfer the olive oil, grated tomatoes, coriander, garlic, spices and salt in a deep skillet over medium heat. Cover with a lid and stir occasionally, for 10 minutes.

• Uncover and add the zucchini, cover again and leave to simmer for another 10 minutes until the zucchini pieces are almost cooked.

• Uncover and add the okra pieces. Cover again and leave to simmer for 10 minutes or until the okra pieces are nicely soft and cooked.

• Serve warm or cold with crusty bread or as a side dish.

 Notes

• If your okra is "old", you might have to cook it longer than a younger one, don't forget to adjust the cooking time.