- Cook rice according to directions from package.
- Sauté Okra in olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until moderately soft.
- Add tomato sauce & season: pour tomato sauce into saucepan with Okra. Cook on medium heat until the sauce is warmed. Add seasoned pepper, mustard or celery seed, and minced onion, to taste.
- Add Peanut butter: Begin spooning in liberal tablespoons of peanut butter, letting it melt into mixture. You may add more peanut butter to taste. The mixture should never come to a boil but needs to simmer for at least 20 minutes. (Note: There is usually some of the “mchuzi” left over after the dinner plates are prepared. It tastes great on bread a day or two later, too!)
Serving suggestion: Make a circle of rice on a dinner plate. Ladle on the “gravy” liberally. The Tanzanians suggest that, if meat is available, it be cut into slender slices which are used to encircle the dish. A few sprigs of parsley or celery leaves may also be added around the rice for visual appeal.