Swala with ASIDA

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INGREDIENTS

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  • 1 lb (450g) fresh or frozen okra, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lb (450g) meat of your choice (chicken, beef, or lamb), cut into small pieces (optional)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes or fresh tomatoes, blended
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups water or chicken/beef broth
  • Juice of 1 lemon (optional)

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1. Prepare the Okra: If you're using fresh okra, wash and trim the ends, then cut them into 1-inch pieces. If using frozen okra, thaw it before use.
2. Prepare the Meat (if using): In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped meat and brown it on all sides. If you're not using meat, you can skip this step and move directly to the next.
3. Saute Onions and Garlic: Add the chopped onion to the pot with the meat (if using) and sauté until the onion becomes translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute or until fragrant.
4. Add Tomatoes and Spices: Pour in the crushed tomatoes (or blended fresh tomatoes) and add the ground coriander, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and let it simmer for a few minutes.
5.Add Okra and Water: Add the okra pieces to the pot and pour in the water (or broth). Stir everything together. If you're using meat, you can add it back to the pot at this point.
6. Simmer: Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until the okra is tender. If using meat, it should also be fully cooked at this point.
7. Adjust Seasoning: Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning as needed. You can add lemon juice for a bit of tanginess, if desired.
8. Serve: Serve the Bamia hot, either over asida prepared from Aniwe flour, rice or with bread. You can garnish it with chopped fresh coriander or parsley if you like.

Swala or "Mula ta Bamia" is a flavorful and hearty dish that's enjoyed in South Sudan, many Middle Eastern and North African countries.

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