Okra Pilau
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Recipe courtesy of Charlotte Jenkins

Okra Pilau

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Okra has been grown in the tropical regions of Africa for centuries. From there, according to some food historians, it made its way to the Low Country. The Gullah people, descendants of enslaved West Africans, use okra in okra soup, gumbo, okra pilau, fried okra and okra stew. The vegetable has many nutritional benefits: it's rich in vitamins A and C, a good source of magnesium and contains catechins, a type of antioxidant.



  1. Fry the bacon and ham in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat until brown and crisp, about 10 minutes. Stir in the onions and granulated garlic and sauté, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until the onions are tender. Add the okra and sauté for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the okra mixture and reserve.
  2. Add the stock to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the rice, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Add the okra mixture, incorporate thoroughly and heat through. Fluff with a fork and serve.