In much of West-Africa, gombo means okra. Thats the origin of the New Orleans term for the dishes that use okra pods for thickening. The ubiquitous okra pod appears in this sauce from Benin as both vegetable and thickener, as is typical of many of the continents okra dishes. This sauce can be served over a starch in the African manner, as a vegetarian main dish, or as an accompanying vegetable in New World style.
1 pound fresh okra
½ cup water
1 teaspoon salt
2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped coarse
½ teaspoon dried red chile
Prepare the okra by washing it, removing the tops and tails, and slicing it into rounds. Then place the okra in a saucepan and add the remaining ingredients. Simmer the sauce for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the okra is tender. Serve the sauce hot in side dishes or in a decorated African calabash.
Serves 4 - 6.
country : Benin
course : vegetable dish
source : Iron Pots & Wooden Spoons : Africas Gifts to New World Cooking / Jessica B. Harris