Okra & Cornmeal (Cou-Cou)

12 okras (sliced into rings)
6 cups water (more if necessary)
Salt (to taste)
2 cups cornmeal (sifted)
1 tbsp. butter

Wash okras and cut off stems. Slice into rings and boil with half the water and salt for about 10 minutes. Add the rest of the water and salt to the sifted cornmeal and mix well. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the cornmeal mixture, stirring ingredients with a wooden spatula over medium heat. When mixture becomes stiff smooth and breaks away from the saucepan cleanly at the bottom then it’s finished. Put into a dish immediately and spread liberally with butter.