Saturday, October 6, 2007

Okra saute

Okra has always been one of my favorite vegetables. Whether it is stewed in coconut milk or just stir fried till caramelized, I love okra!

The following is a very simple okra stir fry with onions and chilies. I like to serve this as a side dish with rice.

okra - 1 lb
onion - 1/2 (chopped fine)
green chili - 4 (chopped fine)
curry leaves -6
asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
turmeric - 1/2 tsp
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
salt to taste
oil - 3 tbsp

Wash okra and dry with paper towels. Cut okra into fine rounds.

Heat a heavy pan. Add oil. When the oil heats up, add asafoetida followed by mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds have finished popping, add chopped onions, green chilies, and turmeric. When the onions have softened add okra and salt to taste. Keep stirring at high heat. Initially, the okra will be slimy, but keep frying till it starts to brown. When okra has taken a good bit of color and is no longer slimy, take off heat. Serve with rice.

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