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Easy Indian Style Okra Recipe
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Easy Indian-Style Okra
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  • READY IN 35 mins

Easy Indian Style Okra

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"My Indian friend taught me how to make this easy traditional Indian okra recipe using fresh okra and spices in a skillet."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook until tender. Stir in the okra, and season with cumin, ginger, coriander, pepper and salt. Cook and stir for a few minutes, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and cover the pan. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until okra is tender.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 15, 2007

So great! I cut up my okra and soaked in vinegar for 20 minutes, then rinsed. Not slimy at all after it cooked. In addition to the other spices, I added ~1T of garam masala and also quartered a few tomatoes and threw those in.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 20, 2012

Unfortunately, my Indian husband did not like this dish at all. I followed it exactly as stated...he said normally Indians prefer to have their okra deep fried in Besan (gram flour). He suggested if I make this again; I should slice the okra length ways make a rub of the ingredients & smear it on the side that's cut open & fry in oil. I also added garam masala for flavor....Lets see if making it his way makes a difference....

Jun 04, 2009

Very easy and would make it again. Remember NEVER wash fresh okra (that's what makes it slimy)

Jul 26, 2006

We "heart" this okra! It's also very good if you add a diced tomato and some chili powder. We've made this several times and you can subtitute olive oil or smart balance for the butter and it doesn't detract in any way.

Nov 12, 2006

Being from the South with okra very plentiful I am always looking for a new way to cook one of my favorite vegetables. I haven't been exposed to much Indian food, so I was a little weary of the combination of spices. I went ahead and followed the recipe to a "T" and loved it! I was pleasantly suprised how the flavors bring out the sweetness of the okra. The only thing that I would change is that when using frozen okra, reduce the cooking time...it can get really mushy...I like my okra a little firm so that it holds its shape. Great recipe--thank you!

Apr 09, 2007

I thought this was delicious and easy and vegetarian friendly. I did soak the okra in vinegar prior to cooking--this does reduce the slime

Oct 20, 2006

Fantastic! My husband and I, being true Northern Yankees, never tried okra but we are now hooked! So good it will be part of our holiday feasts!! You can freeze this and then when ready to saute it, just dump it in a pan with lots of butter - just place fresh, chopped okra and all spices in a ziplock bag and throw in the freezer. When ready to use, simply take straight from freezer and dump into a pan with hot butter and cook. So easy!

Feb 14, 2007

I increased all the amounts of spices slightly and it turned out tasty. Despite what the other reviews said, I really think this tastes pretty authentic Indian - it's just like the "bhindi" (okra) my mom makes! Use fresh okra only though, or else it will be soggy.


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  • Calories
  • 126 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 8.9 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 4.3 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 169 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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