Spiced okra curry

Spiced okra curry

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal209
  • fat16g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre6g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.04g
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  • 5 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 400g onions, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 500g okra, trimmed, washed, dried and sliced into 2cm pieces



    Originally from Africa, okra is now widely used in cuisines such as Caribbean, Creole, Cajun and…

  • 2 tomatoes, diced



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (or ½ tsp powdered)



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped, to serve


  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.

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17th Jul, 2016
great recipe, loved it, thanks for sharing.
12th Jul, 2016
So tasty & quick, served it with basmati rice. A great way to serve okra. Will definitely make again when serving an Indian meal.
30th May, 2015
Wonderful, tasty, easy to prepare dish. It makes a perfect accompaniment to a tarka dal when served with home-baked naan breads. Recommended without reservation.
17th Mar, 2014
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.
19th Jan, 2014
Surprisingly good! Really great for vegetarians or if you just want to try something different. I had it as a side dish with a chickpea curry, worked really well together. http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/chickpeacurry_2213
6th Jul, 2013
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.
3rd Dec, 2012
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!
11th Jul, 2012
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.
13th May, 2012
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.
9th May, 2012
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.


11th Sep, 2017
Is this recipe put out slimy Okra though? It sounds great!
23rd Mar, 2015
Do you think this recipe can be made in advance (a day?) and re-heated on the night?
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31st Mar, 2015
Hi leilacz, thanks for your question. We haven't tested reheating it so cannot guarantee perfect results but can see no reason why it wouldn't be fine to do so. Just make sure it's piping hot before serving and if you think it looks like it's drying out add an extra splash of water. Let us know how you get on. 
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