Okra With Onions & Star Anise Over Cumin Flavored Red Rice

Oct 10th, 2017

by Mouna Chamariq

Okra has many names around the world: lady’s fingers, bamia, bhindi, gumbo. Okra offers wonderful health benefits.

• Rich in fiber, excellent for digestive track
• High in Vitamin A and antioxidants, protecting and boosting the vision and the skin health.
• High in Vitamin C, promoting a good immune system.
• Good source of Potassium, helping to relax the arteries and the blood vessels, reducing the blood pressure.


Handful of Okra, 1 onion, 1 tomato, 1 star anise, 2 tbsp olive oil, Himalayan salt, ½ tsp turmeric, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 1 cup red rice


1. In a rice cooker or a pot, place 1 cup of red rice with 2 cups of water, the cumin seeds and salt.
2. In a pot over medium to low heat, put olive oil, sliced onion, sliced tomato, Okra, star anise, Salt, cover and cook for 5’ then add 1 cup water bring to a boil, cover and let it cook in low heat for 20’ or until the vegetables become tender.
3. In a plate place the rice as a base and place the Okra stew on top.



Mouna is a 200-hours Yoga Alliance registered teacher who also completed 200-hours Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Master Yogananth. Mouna is an active member of Andiappan Yoga Community, teaching yoga to domestic helpers. Native of Morocco, Mouna has been immerged from a very young age in her rich traditional cuisine influenced by Berber, Moorish and Arab neighbors. Her mother, a fine cook continues the family traditions of distilling orange blossom, making olive oil, and preserved lemons. Mouna is passionate about simple, healthy and fusion homemade food recipes.

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