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Deep fried okra with eggplant dip

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Vegetarian...not difficult and affordable. Being creative with meatless food is not a challenge if you have a creative bug. Here is one of my creative bug recipes.

Prep Time: 40 mins

Bake Time: 20/25 mins

Ready In: 1hr/1hr 5 mins

Ingredients:

½ kg okra (also known as lady finger)

½ litre butter milk

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 small egg plants

Salt and pepper to taste

½ cup pine nuts

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

500g corn flour

2 tspn cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 2200C/Gas mark 7

• In a large bowl, place the okra, pour buttermilk over it, cover with cling film wrap, set aside for 30 mins

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• On a baking tray, layered with foil paper, drizzle some olive oil/vegetable oil over the eggplant cut side down. Bake until soft for about 20 mins. Reduce the oven heat to 2000F/1000C

• Once soft, scoop the meat of the eggplant onto a blender; add the nuts, 1 cup water, remain oil, lemon juice and zest. Puree until soft, season with salt and pepper then transfer into a bowl, cover and set aside

• In a shallow bowl, combine cornmeal, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. In batches, dredge okra in the cornmeal mixture then deep fry until golden brown

• Serve hot with eggplant dip

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