Ginisang Okra at Dilis
Majority of the Filipino dishes are created more for sustenance and necessity more than anything else hence almost all of the daily dishes served on households are quite simple and nutritious unlike other cuisines that are quite elaborate and flavoured with tons of herbs and spices. Most of these simple dishes are prepared by a simple laga (cooked in water), prito (fried), ihaw (grilled) or gisa (the Filipino equivalent for sofrito). Prito and ihaw can be simply prepared by a simple marinade or just salt, laga is by dumping everything in a pot with water and boiled, while gisa is prepared by sautéing garlic, onions and sometimes tomatoes before proteins (like pork, chicken, beef or seafood) and vegetables are added. Nothing really fancy in these preparation methods but it does not mean it can’t be delicious, sometimes the simple it is the better like our dish today, a humble stir fry of okra and tomatoes flavoured with dilis.
Ginisang Okra at Dilis as the name suggest is a dish prepared by simply stir frying dilis in oil until its crispy, using the same oil garlic, onions and tomatoes are sautéed then followed by okra and fish sauce to taste. A good side dish to prepare, very tasty and nutritious.
- In a wok, add oil stir fry dilis until pungent and crispy. Remove from wok then set it aside.
- In the same wok add garlic and onions, sauté in low heat until onions are soft.
- Add tomatoes then sauté for two minutes.
- Add dilis, okra and ½ cup of water, bring heat to high and let it boil while continuously stir frying for 5 minutes.
- Season with fish sauce and freshly ground black pepper, lower the heat, cover wok the cook for 5 more minutes.
- Turn heat off then serve.