Originally from Africa, okra is widely used in various cuisines especially Caribbean, Creole, Cajun and Indian. It’s also known as bhindi or lady’s fingers, due to its long, elegantly tapering shape.
It is composed of edible seeds that release a sticky, viscous liquid when chopped and cooked. It is popularly used to thicken soup and stew recipes it can be served whole as a side dish.
Its flavour is quite subtle, so it will benefit from being cooked with spicy strong ingredients.