In this Greek side dish, okra is salted and then tossed in a lemon juice–water mixture that prevents the vegetable from taking on a gummy texture as it simmers in a rich olive oil and tomato sauce.
This recipe is a common Cypriot side dish to grilled and roasted meats.
Loaded with vegetables, this Greek-American concoction is an everyday sort of side dish.
In Crete, as elsewhere in Greece, ''fava'' is a dish of stewed yellow lentils, not fava beans at all—but favas, fresh or dried, are another popular Cretan vegetable, especially in soups and stews.
The different flavors of the cheeses add depth to this simple preparation.