A common dish in Japan is "Aemono" (和え物), which literally means seasoned or dressed dish. It is an easy and simple dish to make. Among the many Aemono dishes that exist in Japanese cuisine a very popular one is Okura no Aemono.
Okura no Aemono
Essentially Okura no Ameno consists of okra seasoned with soy sauce. Okura no Aemono goes well as side dish along with steamed rice and miso soup. Here we will talk about how to make this tasty and healthy dish.
Brief introduction to Okra
For the people who are not familiar with okra... okra tends to get slimy once it is cut. The slimy part is dietary fibre called pectin and muchin and is actually good for your health. However, since it gets slimy, okra was not accepted as an edible vegetable when it was first introduced in Japan and was therefore used merely decoratively at the time. It became popular as an edible vegetable only around 1960, and since then, it is known as one of the vegetables which prevent exhaustion from the summer heat and help the body to recover from fatigue.
Ingredients for preparing Okura no Aemono
- Okra 10 to 15 pieces
- Sea Salt or coarse salt
- Soy sauce 1 Tbsp
- Dried bonitos 1 package or roasted sesame (preferably grained) 1 Tbsp
How to make Okura no Aemono
- Cut the stem of okra out and peel the calyx of okra. Please be careful not to cut the stem too deep to avoid nutrients leaking out when you boil okra.
- Lie okra down on the cutting board. Spread salt on them, and roll them with your hand to get rid of hairs on the surface. Once you have rolled them enough, cleanse them with water.
- Boil water in a pot and add salt to the boiling water. Add the Okra into the pan and boil for about 2 minutes.
Dip okra in boiling water
- After 2 minutes, take out the okra and put into cold water to keep the fresh green color.
- Drain the water and put the okra on a plate.
- If you want to eat without cutting small bites, spread bonito and pour a little bit of soy sauce on the okra. It is ready to eat.
- If you want to eat with small bites, cut okra into small pieces. Then, mix the chopped okra with soy sauce and roasted sesame (and dried bonito if you prefer).
Seasoned okra with roasted sesame