Fried Okra

    Okra, or lady’s finger, has recently become very popular at Indian take aways. This dish is usually served as a
    vegetarian side dish. It makes an excellent accompaniment with Roti or rice.

    Serves 6:
    Preparation time: 20 minutes


    Ingredients:
  • Okra – 600 gm
  • Oil - 150 ml
  • Onion Seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Green Chillies, slit – 2
  • Onions, chopped – 2 large
  • Turmeric – 1 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste.
  • Coriander, freshly chopped – 1 small bunch.


    Method:
  • Heat oil in a frying pan. Add 1 teaspoon onion seeds, green chillies, onions and fry for 3-4 minutes or until the onions
    have turned golden brown.

  • Lower heat. Add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 teaspoon salt
    and fry for another minute.

  • Next, add the okra and turn heat to high. Stir fry for 5 minutes. Add some coriander next.

  • Cover the lid and allow to cook for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and garnish with fresh coriander.


    Variation:
    Add desiccated coconut, cumin powder, red chillie powder and yoghurt for a spicier dish.


    Tips:
    Wash okra before chopping rather than after chopping it! Mixing a teaspoon of turmeric and some salt before frying
    makes it crispier and crunchier in taste.