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Quick and Easy Indian-Style Okra Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Quick and Easy Indian-Style Okra

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"This is a quick variation of an Indian okra dish that my mother used to make. My 3 year old daughter simply loves this dish. It can be spiced up to suit your palate...Serve with Indian rotis or pita and plain yogurt for a quick nutritious meal. If amchoor (dried mango powder) is not available, substitute 1 teaspoon lemon juice."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, and cook mustard seed until it begins to crackle. Mix in asafoetida. Reduce heat to low, and mix in onion, garlic, cumin seed, and turmeric. Cook and stir until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir tomato and okra into the mixture. Gradually mix in chili powder, amchoor, and salt. Cook and stir about 10 minutes, until okra is tender but firm.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 09, 2003

This is a great dish. The Indian spices were just right -- definitely not what I would call spicy-hot, just good and flavorful. The dish is not so exotic that not-so-adventurous palates wouldn't like the dish. I really liked the onion and tomato combination with the okra.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 11, 2007

This dish was extremely bland to my taste. I am American, but I cook only Indian food for myself and my Indian fiance. We are used to spices- not terribly hot chili spice (he's actually very sensitive to chilis), but just lots of cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, etc. But when I made this recipe, even though I added twice the stated amounts of each spice (as Manisha said the spices could be increased, and I knew the amounts were very small for our tastes), AND I added chopped fresh coriander, it was still disappointingly bland. I also used about 1/2 of the recommended oil. I gave the recipe 2 stars because it still has some of the basic ingredients for a good okra dish, and it may be good in a pinch (when you're not in the mood to chop/measure out a bunch of ingredients).


16 Ratings

Jan 02, 2004

I've made this several times without the asafoedita, and it's always tasted great.

Feb 25, 2007

This is a decent okra dish, but it's not a very good Indian okra dish. I doubled the spices and added half of a jalapeno, and it still seemed to be missing something, so I added coriander and fresh ginger, and I topped it with chopped cilantro. Nope, still missing something. I love the okra at our favorite Indian restaurant, and although I didn't expect this to taste like that, I expected more flavor. Thanks, anyway.

Mar 11, 2004

I decreased the oil to 2 Tbsp and used fresh okra and it was delicious and easy! I also used cayenne pepper instead of chili powder. It's well flavored but not too spicy. If you really want the burn, add more spices or peppers---I'll do this next time I make it.

Dec 16, 2009

I make this recipe frequently. Indian food is not always supposed to be spicey and the amount of spices is just right. Wonderful easy recipe to make.

Apr 15, 2009

I give this one 2 stars, but due to operator error :) I love okra but don't cook it very often so mine turned out really stringy. Guess those special spices are pretty important too; I had to eliminate a couple and the resulting flavor was not what I expected.

Jun 10, 2009

I'm sorry, but I did not care for this recipe at all. Please learn from my mistake and save yourself the trouble. This was so bland; I more than doubled the spices and still it didn't taste flavorful at all. In fact it tasted pretty bad (before and after adding more spices). I tried to fix it up, but really this recipe isn't even worth experimenting with.


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  • Calories
  • 146 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.6 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 12.5 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 1.8 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 6 mg
  • < 1%

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

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