Thursday, October 18, 2012

Okra Stew ~ Quimbombo Guisado

Photo's by Thea
Recipe adapted from Nydia's Miami Kitchen
In a synchronistic turn of events I found myself in Miami being gifted with crimson okra from Ernesto Pichardo's garden. Have you ever heard of crimson okra?  I made them into an okra stew from a recipe given to me by Ernesto's wife, Nydia. Let me introduce you to Nydia's Miami Kitchen! These magical vegetables were grown in honor of Shango whose color is red, and who in the Yoruba religion is the most popular Orisha, also known as the god of fire, lightening and thunder. Shango is a royal ancestor of the Yoruba and in the Lukumi religion of the Caribbean he is considered the center point of the religion as he represents the Oyo people of West Africa. His initiation ceremony survived the Middle Passage and became the basis of all Orisha initiations in the West. It is in celebration of Shango that we dedicated this meal.
1-1.5 pounds of okra
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 Bell pepper, finely chopped
1 Onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic garlic minced
1 pound chicken or pork cubed
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can of chicken broth
Baby corn
Salt and black pepper to taste

Soak okra in salted water to remove slime for 1/2 hour and then rinse well. Make a sofrito with the bell pepper, onion and garlic in olive oil. Add meat and stir fry. Add okra, tomatoes, and broth and simmer for 30 minutes. Add baby corn, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper to taste. Heat through and serve over rice.


  1. How beautiful that crimson okra is spread out like turkey (or peacock) feathers on that deep golden yellow plate. Thanks Thea for sharing the photos and recipe. Yum!

  2. Thanks Donna! Those photos were taken at Laura Cerwinske's home near Coral Gables. She has been my writing mentor for over two decades, a friend for much longer. Check out her website at