Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Indian Okra (Lady's Finger) Curry

There are various ways how okra is used for cooking.  I have a friend who does nothing more with okra than steaming this veggie with salt and eats it as part of her meal. I have tried eating steamed okra but no, it was not to my taste. I am comfortable with stir fried okra or cooked in a curry. Have you noticed that besides brinjals, another favorite for Indian fish curry is Okra? I do the same because we love the hairy and gummy veggie in fish curries. 

Wonder if lamb or chicken curries with okra will be taste right. Maybe I should because I have never done that. Ok, I will keep that in mine but for the time being, its either okra for fish curries or as per my recipe today ---  a vegetarian Indian curry. The other essential ingredient for Indian curries is onions or shallots.  I find that shallots are a better choice for vegetarian curries as the mild sweet taste of shallots enhances a natural and well balanced flavor into the spicy curry paste. 

This is a perfect dish not only for vegetarians but others too. Even though we are not vegetarians, curries with vegetables compliments a variety of meat side dishes like crispy fried fish or chicken.  Have a go and say yes to a spicy and tangy 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 water for a smooth paste
1 tsp fenugreek/halba seeds
1 1/2 tbsp thick tamarind juice (or depending on how sour you prefer the curry to be)
4-5 sprigs curry leaves - shredded
1/4 cup oil
Salt for taste

When oil is heated, fry shallots and garlic for a light layer of brown color on top.
Add fenugreek seeds and continue to fry for another 1 min.
Add curry paste and fry until oil splits/floats.
Pour 1/2 liter of water, tamarind juice and add okra and tomato. 
Stir all in and let the curry simmer.
When curry is heated through, season with salt.
Off heat and stir 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!!


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