I’ve been learning to make some of my favorite dishes that my dad used to make for us. One of my favorite is Tamarind Soup with wild shrimp, bean sprouts, tomatoes and Okra.
Okra is a powerful vegetable. According to study conducted by Emory University, Okra is known to reduce heart disease, relieve constipation, and fight cancer (rectal and colon).
Nutrients in Okra are numerous: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin B1, B2, B3, pantothenic acid, and fiber.
Because of it’s high soluble fiber content, Okra aids in reducing cholesterol; hence, decreases the risk for hearth disease.
There are several ways to prepare Okra but my favorite is in sweet and spicy Tamarind soup that my dad always prepared and one in which often requested when I came home to visit.
Tamarind Soup With Okra :
2 Tbs of Tamarind (Can be purchased at an Asian Market)
3 1/2 cup of water
1 cup of bean sprouts
2 tomatoes on the Vine (cut up in wedges)
1 1/2 cup of cut up Okra (can be bought frozen)
Dash of pepper
1/2 Tsp of Sea Salt
1/4 Tsp of Red Cayenne pepper (more or less for spiciness)
**Optional at cut of meat (cut up chicken, wild shrimp or fish-halibut, mahi-mahi are my faves to use). Photo above features Tamarind Soup with Wild Shrimp.
Disclosure: The information in this post is for educational purpose only and is not intended to diagnose. Please consult with your physician prior to making any changes to your diet.