Nomsa Mkandawire, Communications Officer
September 6, 2013
Therere (Okra) is one of the easily available types of relish accessed by families in various villages across Malawi. It is a local delicacy that is cherished by many. Most men and women who live in the urban areas find themselves eating outside their homes in search of this treat.
The kind of therere we are talking about here is one referred to in the local language as Lokupa (sticky). To cook therere lokupa, the following are needed.
- Pumpkin leaves (almost a basin full when not cut)
- Bicarbonate soda/Baking soda (¼ teaspoon)
- Salt (¼ teaspoon)
- Tomato (2 large)
- Okra (¼ basin)
Thoroughly clean the pumpkin leaves, making sure all unwanted particles are removed. There may be some sand and other particles as the pumpkin leaves are directly taken from the home garden. Carefully cut the Okra in even pieces small enought to make them easy to cook. Clean the tomato and cut well.
Put water (about ¼ of a cup) in a pot, add the salt and boil for about 3 minutes. Add the bicarbonate soda, the Okra and pumpkin leaves and let them boil for 3 minutes also, then add the tomato and keep stirring until all is mixed and cooked. This should take less than 10 minutes.
Serve with Nsima and enjoy Malawi’s delicacy!