Tomato and Okra Gravy Served with White Rice

            Hello lovely people! Did you plant a garden this year? I did! And I am starting to see the  fruits vegetables of my labor. Lol!  Today I want to share with you one of my favorite vegetables. Yep, you guessed it! I love okra. I know a lot of people don't like, but I for some reasons that I cannot understand myself, it is a favorite of mine. Below is my little meatless okra gravy recipe. If you don't know your way around the kitchen, enjoy these beautiful photos!!

Fun facts about Okra
  • Okra leaves can be eaten either raw or in a salad. You can also cook them with a little bit of olive oil over medium heat and seasoned with a little bit of salt and red pepper.
  • Okra is called "ladyfingers" in many other English-speaking countries. 
  • Okra is high in fiber, vitamin C, and folate. It is a great source of calcium and potassium. And it is also known for having antioxidant properties.
Tomato and okra gravy ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2  cup water
  • 3 medium garden-fresh tomatoes, cored, sliced
  • 1 pound tender young okra, clean with head and tips removed 
  • Salt and favorite seasoning to taste, fresh black pepper, and 1 pinch cayenne pepper. 
  1. In your a skillet, heat your olive oil over low/medium heat. 
  2. Add onion and cook until tender. Do not brown the onion. 
  3. Add flour and stir well. 
  4. Add your favorite seasoning powder ( I used Knorr Chicken Flavor Bouillon)
  5. Wait about 5 minutes before adding the water to the mix and whisk until smooth, simmering until thick. 
  6. Add your tomatoes and okra to onion mixture, increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Cook until okra softens and tomatoes begin to break down, making a thick gravy. 
  7. Add salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, and continue to simmer until okra has cooked through. Adjust seasoning to your liking. 
             You can enjoy this gravy with freshly baked biscuits, but I love to enjoy it with cooked white rice.

Bon appetit!! 

Nerline Germain
Nerline Germain

Nerline Germain is an auntie, sister, wife and mother. My passion for writing led me to create this little space. I mostly write beauty related articles, but this is also a lifestyle blog. My goal is to share my experiences with you. Hopefully you will learn from my mistakes:-) Contact: chicfromhair2toe@gmail.com. .


  1. I love okras fried non-battered with bacon. Not much of a diet, but it is yummy southern food. Enjoy Sis.

    1. I love fried okra too, Neti. We eat them a lot down here.

  2. Very delicious recipe and with white rice great way to serve thanks. Have a great weekend.

  3. We call it Okro and I didn't know they can be eaten raw. I can't imagine myself eating that raw though. Hehe.
    That stew looks delish. Thanks for the recipe.


  4. Happy Friday Nerline.
    I'm one of the few people who love okra; woot! woot!!..:-). It's just too delicious and I love to eat it with tomatoes stew too. However, I have never tried it with rice; I'm thinking it would be too slimy; mashed potatoes or fufu (African dish) with okra stew is the perfect combo for me.

    Have a great weekend.

  5. Well done Nerline, it looks so healthy and good, Id like to try it for sure! Have a nice weekend! xo

  6. Hmm that looks yummy! Since today i've only seen okro eaten in soup with fufu or so but that one sounds good! Have a lovely weekend and btw love the new layout!

    xx Lori

  7. I wish I had seen this post earlier - I just threw out a bunch of okra that went bad because I couldn't think of a good recipe in which to use them.

  8. My grandmother loved okra! The only time I get it is when it's in gumbo. This looks delicious.

  9. You are just an all round domesticated woman Nerline. I have to say fresh vegetables with no chemical spray? Absolutely! I love okra and i grew up eating okra. I like to dice mine and stew it. Looks good with your rice. Thanks for sharing :)


  10. No garden for me :(

    I do however want to try your friends recommendation of okras fried non-battered with bacon MMMM.

    The Style Boro