Tortang Okra, or ladies’ fingers omelet, is another delectable version of the Filipino omelet known as torta. It is a versatile Filipino dish that can include different ingredients as part of the recipe.
In the Philippines, you can make omelets out of ground pork, corned beef, sliced hotdogs, dulong and even veggies like eggplant and now okra.
Vegetables are really the best food in the world. They are tolerable and very healthy. But when I say tolerable, it means it can be that way for only a considerable number of people.
Let’s face it, not everyone is a fan of vegetables, what else a specific vegetable with a weird texture for its skin and inside part? Sadly, because of this, many people are disgusted and would prefer not to eat anything related to okra.
So to make someone eat okra, how about making a unique dish that will the vegetable more likable? You guess that right, make it into an omelet! Out of the Filipino omelets, the ones that contain vegetables are no doubt the healthiest. The addition of eggs only made it healthier and more delicious.
Health Benefits of Tortang Okra
Back to your childhood, it is probably the ladies’ fingers which is the one veggie that your mother insists you on eating. You can’t blame her though, because you can actually benefit a lot from all the nutrients it contains. The powerful antioxidants in the vegetable can help you with several health issues. At the same time, it also help to improve the immune function of our body.
Maybe it’s time to make the children ingest something healthier - like tortang okra. The dish may not get rid of the slimy texture of the inside of okra, but the additional egg and spices will make it something enjoyable to eat for the kids. Eat it with a serving of rice or eat it as a snack, any way you choose to consume it will surely make it worthwhile.
Tips to Cook Tortang Okra
- Saute the okra and cook it until tender.
- Make sure the heat is constant on medium to low heat. Omelets easily turns brown, if your temperature is not right the outside might be burnt but the inside is not cook yet.
- Mix the ingredients thoroughly leaving no lumps on the mixture.
- When cutting the okra, discard both ends. It releases a gooey substance so make sure you cut it just before cooking.
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 3 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 small onion chopped
- 6 pcs okra sliced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 3 pcs eggs
- 2 tbsp flour
- In a pan over medium heat, add some cooking oil and sauté the garlic and onion.
- Add the okra until slightly tender. Transfer in a bowl and let it cool for 5 minutes.
- Add the salt, pepper, eggs and flour. Mix thoroughly.
- In a pan over medium heat, place 1/2 cup of the okra omelet mixture forming a round patty leaving 1/2 inch apart. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
- Remove from the pan and drain excess oil. Serve and enjoy!