Senegalese Okra Stew

Serving Size: 4
Total Time:


  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 0.25 cup cashew butter
  • 0.75 Pound okra, trimmed and sliced crosswise 3/4 inch thick
  • 3.5 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • salt
  • 1.5 cup 1/2-inch cubed butternut squash
  • 0.5 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 habanero, seeded and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced
  • cilantro leaves, for garnish


  1. In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil. Add the onion, ginger and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the habanero, cumin and turmeric and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the squash, season with salt and cook, stirring, until the squash is coated with the seasonings in the pan. Add 3 cups of the broth and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the squash is nearly tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the okra and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the cashew butter with the remaining 1/2 cup of broth. Stir the mixture into the stew and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve the stew in deep bowls, garnished with cilantro.

Make Ahead: The stew can be refrigerated overnight.

Recipe Credit: Grace Parisi
Image Credit: Con Poulos

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