Spiced okra curry

Spiced okra curry

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This dish from reader Arjmand Sheikh, passed down from her Indian great-grandmother, proves just how delicious okra can be

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
209
protein
5g
carbs
13g
fat
16g
saturates
2g
fibre
6g
sugar
10g
salt
0.04g

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 400g onions, sliced
  • 500g okra, trimmed, washed, dried and sliced into 2cm pieces
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (or ½ tsp powdered)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat a large wok or frying pan over a medium heat. Add the oil, then the onions, cooking until soft. Stir in the okra. Add the tomatoes and chilli, then season. Mix well and keep stirring gently, taking care not to break up the okra. Okra releases a sticky substance when cooked, but keep cooking, stirring gently – this will disappear and the tomatoes will become pulpy, about 10 mins.
  2. Lower heat, add ground coriander and cook for another 5-10 mins. Add 2 tbsp water, cover and let simmer for another 4-5 mins. Sprinkle with coriander and serve with basmati rice or chapati bread.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2009

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renata_kasprzak@o2.pl's picture
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Simple and delicious.
I love okra and this is a great dish.
I slightly modified the recipe by adding more tomatoes, small glass of passata and two teaspoons of curry paste.

joannewall's picture

I have always enjoyed okra but never cooked it myself. Great recipe. Easy. Tasty. Added the cumin as suggested. Nice amount of spice. Will do it again.

daniconnell's picture
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Amazing and the cheapest dish I have made in a long time. Living in Dubai okra is one of the cheapest veg around, thanks so much for this recipe!

I added a bit of cumin also when I added the ground corriander and instead of using diced tomato, I strained a tin of tomatoes and kept the juice. I added the tomatoes and then the juice at the end instead of the water. It was lush!

dizzyfish's picture

This has to be the most awful, tasteless dish I have ever made! Went in the bin after a few mouthfuls. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

rachhach's picture
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I halved this recipe and it still worked wonderfully. I also added cumin as suggested by someone in the comments, the smell whilst it was cooking had my mouth watering.

I've never had okra before, but I certainly will be having it again. Such a simple dish to make, this will definitely be one of my regulars.

mcemmabell's picture
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Really simple and delicious. I've enjoyed okra many times, but this was my first attempt at cooking it. Was not sticky at all! Really tasty with some naan bread and raita. Definitely a simple dish that highlights the flavour and texture of the okra. Will make again.

ianthius's picture
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I really liked it. I had to change the coriander for cumin as I can't stand coriander, but it was still great...many thanks!

tashimo's picture
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Our first time trying okra, and must say, I was pleasantly surprised (both by the recipe and the vegetable). I used red onions and it tasted very very yummy.

Julia S's picture
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We loved it! I am sure this will become a firm favourite. Now, anyone got a decent recipe for a mixed veg curry that does not use coconut or cashew? We want a dark gravy rather than a white one.

logosvegeater's picture

I make a very similar dish but with a slightly different mix of spices.
I like to cook the onions so they are browned when the Okra is cooked.

To speed up preparation I microwave the Okra for 4 minutes. The dish tastes just as good but cooking time is reduced.

mary_smig's picture
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healthy and quick. Lovely for mid week healthy food.

veromalouin's picture
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Fantastic dish, easy to make. The texture of the Okra was delicious!

julianaiwg's picture
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Very nice, used this recipe to introduce my husband to okra, & he liked it. We halved the recipe, & used powdered chile negro rather than fresh or powdered red chili, & it was great.

cvfloren's picture

Going to give it a try tonight!

adamwilkinson's picture

I made a version of this as a side dish for a chicken madras. It was delicious. I must admit though, I added half a tsp of garam masala and a little splash of white wine vinegar to lift it towards the end of cooking. Real winner this :-)

naturalhabits's picture
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Want to make something a little bit different while still being simple to prepare and tasty to eat? This is the recipe for you.

This is a really great dish if it will be your first time trying okra. It is easy to make and very tasty. The balance of spices is just right and combines well with the okra's distinct flavour.

Now a firm favourite in our household. Highly recommended.

vikki1912's picture

I'm cooking tis tonite... So watch this space!!

claymom's picture

My family loves this with a touch of ground cumin. We eat this quite often.

purplelila's picture
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Yum! Didn't expect it to taste as good as it did. Will be making it again for lunch today.

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