A delicious okra recipe from Indian cuisine
Recipe by Urmila
Also see the slideshow below.
Onion 1 medium
Tomato one medium or few cherry
Oil 1/2 tablespoon
Spices - In El Paso region, these spices are available at Sprouts, RV international grocery at Mesa st. and Mountain view market in Las Cruces, NM
cumin 1/2 teaspoon
asafoetida ( Hing) 1 small pinch - not a commonly available spice. Not adding it will not be making the dish less delicious
Turmeric 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder (cilantro seed powder) 1 teaspoon
Red chili powder according to taste
Salt - according to taste
Optional - Dried mango powder(amchoor) or tamarind paste
Remove the okra caps and dice into about 1 cm thick pieces. Onions can be chopped in large pieces. Dice the tomato ( to be added towards the end of cooking).
Add oil to the preheated pan. Keep all spices ready in front of the pan so they could be quickly added. Add cumin and Hing. As soon as it sizzles add rest of the spices (except salt). Let them sizzle for not more than 5-7 seconds, stir the spices in oil and add okra and onion. Add salt. Mix them all well. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on low heat. After about 5 minutes turn the veggies again which will prevent okra from sticking to the base of the pan. Cover and let it cook again on low to medium heat. Check again in 10-15 minutes. When okra turns olive green and slime has reduced significantly from before it is almost cooked. Add dried mango powder (amchoor) and tomato, turn all the veggies and spices again to mix well but taking care not to mash the okra. Let it cook for another 5-7 minutes. Okra slime disappears once it is cooked.
Never add water as it will increase the slime. If veggies stick to the pan, either turn more frequently or lower the heat, or try both.
For variation in the recipe tomatoes could be added earlier for more cooked texture. Other common versions of the recipe are without the onions or tomatoes.
Okra recipe Slide Show
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Cover the pan and cook on low heat.