Gombo means okra in West Africa, and that vegetable is the primary thickening agent of this simple sauce from Ghana. The sauce can be served like a soup or poured over potatoes, plantains, or other starchy veegetables.
- 1 pound fresh okra, sliced into rounds
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons hot chile powder, such as cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tomato, coarsely chopped
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the okra is tender. Serve it as is or puree it in a blender for a smoother sauce