Incredibly easy to make Indian okra recipe stuffed with a selection of spices and lightly stir-fried. This dish can be eaten as a starter or main with any Indian bread.
Okra or ‘bhindi’ in Hindi or Ladies Finger whatever you call it, is one of those vegetables that you either love or hate. I was not fond of it whilst growing up and my hunger would suddenly appear to vanish every time I saw it served.
But everything changes once you leave home and fend for yourself! I realised that Okra was actually a very easy dish to cook especially on weeknights. You could add it to other grains such as lentils, pulses or brown rice. Add it with other proteins such as chicken, fish or prawns, add with other vegetables like potatoes, cauliflower, leeks and many others.
Such a versatile vegetable which you must surely try at least once just to see if it suits your taste. There are various easy Okra recipes for you to try.
And then, there are the Okra Stir fry versions for you to try. Like the once below:
The first thing for you to start enjoying this vegetable is to make sure you buy the right kind. Where possible avoid buying those that come in a pack and definitely not if they are pale green or yellow in colour.
Okras should be tender, soft and smooth to touch. Ensure they are no holes on the outer skin as that would mean its been sheltering worms.
My personal favourite are the tender baby okras as they are crisp and take much less time to cook.
Press okra between your index finger and thumb to check its softness. If it feels smooth and tender then it may have lesser seeds and more fresh.
Okra can be a bit tricky to cook for the first time. This is because of the sticky slime that oozes from okra as soon as you start cutting it. Here are few tips to help make it easier for you to cook and prevent from making a gooey slimy mess.
I personally enjoy stir-fried or baked okra recipes compared to curries or stews. This spices stuffed Indian Okra recipe is a family favourite of ours which is so easy to make, almost as easy as it takes for it to disappear from the plate.
|Baby Okra - 500 gms|
|Olive oil - 8 tbsp|
|Salt to taste|
|Coriander powder- 2tbsp|
|Cumin powder- 2 tbsp|
|Fennel seed powder - 2 tbsp|
|Garam Masala powder- 2 tsp|
|Turmeric- 1 tbsp|
|Amchur powder (dry mango powder) or Chaat Masala Powder - 1 tsp|
|Red Chilli powder - 2 tsp|