Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Indian Okra (Lady's Finger) Curry

There are various ways to okra - I mean how you want to cook it. My friend does nothing more than steaming it with salt and served as a side dish for rice. I tried the same but oh no, not at all what I like. I still prefer okra in curries or simply stir fried. Not sure if it will taste good in meaty curries but for sure okra is good in fish or vegetarian curry. The recipe today is about the fabulosity of the slimy-sticky veg in a spicy tangy meatless curry.

15 okra/lady's fingers - cut into medium size rings.
10 shallots - remove skin
7 garlic - remove skin
1 medium size tomato - sliced 
2 tsbp curry powder - mixed with some water for a smooth paste
1 tsp fenugreek/halba seeds
1 1/2 tbsp thick tamarind juice (or as needed) 
4-5 sprigs curry leaves - shredded
4 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

When oil is heated, fry shallots and garlic for a light brown outer layer. 
Add fenugreek seeds and fry till it splatters. 
Add curry paste and fry until oil splits/floats.
Pour 1/2 litre of water, tamarind juice and add okra and tomato. 
Stir all in and  simmer to heat through. 
Season with salt.
Stir, off the heat and combine in curry leaves.
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  1. Okras are one of my fave vegies. Will happily eat up all the okras I can find in curries...extremely yummy yet strangely not many people appreciate it.

  2. I don't hv fish....maybe will try make Asam egg with the okra.

    same like you, I am nit keen eating steamed okra but hubi n parent-in-law likes. said its good for not sure diabetes or hyper tension.

  3. nava i love indian curry, my neigbour is a vegetarian indian who luv to give us her okra Dhal curry dishes.. luv it so much..

  4. Okra is a very underrated vegetable but I have to say I love it. I have never thought of cooking okra in a curry but this one with tamarind paste looks totally yummy, perfect with rice.

  5. I like cooking okras with sambal & sometimes with just oyster sauce. Cooking okra assam style is great too. Yummy!

  6. Hi Nava! I just made this for lunch today because I really fancied something spicy. Had it with plain rice and a little sardines on the side. Your curry is very yummy! Thanks!

  7. the colour of the curry looks good!

  8. I love lady fingers! Mum makes it into a curry - sweet and sourish - vegetable soup so Good! And this looks pretty amazing!!

  9. Love them in curry!! Looks so flavourful!!
    Happy valentine's day Nava!

  10. What a lovely colour Navaneetham... drooling...


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