Okra and Tomatoes With Grains of Paradise

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Susie D

This is an Alton Brown recipe. Grains of Paradise have a taste that is a mix of mild black pepper, cardamom, coriander and ginger and with a luscious citrus aroma. Long used in Middle Eastern, North and West African cuisines, this spice is starting to gain in popularity throughout other regions of the world. The two major exporters of Grains of Paradise are in Ghana and Nigeria. Grains of Paradise are also known as alligator pepper, melegueta pepper (not to be confused with Brazilian Malagueta pepper which is actually a member of the Capsicum family), Guinea pepper, ginny pepper and Roman pepper. Helpful hint; you will enjoy its fullest flavor if you grind it just before adding to a dish (or just before serving).

Top Review by Annacia

Even using frozen okra (I've never seen it fresh up here) this was delicious. I have a small pepper grinder that I keep my grains of paradise in and just keep refilling it. The veggie combo is excellent and the seasonings really combine to make this side a star. Add to that the fact that this is low in calories, fat and sugar and I ask you, how could you go wrong? Made for Veggie Swap 37.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut each okra pod in half lengthwise and set aside. If there are any pods longer than 4 inches, cut them in half crosswise and then lengthwise.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions along with the salt and cook until they begin to turn golden, approximately 4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  4. Add the tomatoes and sugar if using. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Decrease the heat to low and add the ginger, pepper, cardamom and okra. Stir to combine. Cook, uncovered for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat, taste and adjust the seasoning as desired. Serve immediately.

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