If you are passing on a superfood like Okra because you hate how it tastes or because you do not know the right way to cook them, try this quick and simple recipe for Okra Fry and add Okra to your shopping list every week!
Okra Fry is a downright delicious, sumptuous, and healthy stir fry with few simple ingredients.
It is typically served with steamy hot rice or Indian phulka roti, but it pairs very well with just about anything that is bland. Since I have been successful in getting my kids to eat (and crave) for Okra Fry, I think you will love this too!
How to buy the best okra
Have you noticed that Okra hardens as it ages? As they mature on your shelf or at the market, it becomes difficult to cook them. The trick to picking fresh and tender Okra is to see how easily the tail snaps off when you bend them.
If it bends but does not snap, it is not the one you need. Cook them within 2-3 days after you buy and you will get the wholesome goodness from Okra!
How to cook okra?
If you are turned off by how slimy Okra can get, try this trick for better results. After you wash and pat dry Okra, cut the tails and heads off and spread them on a cotton towel.
Cut them as you prefer for your dish. Some recipes call for chopped Okra while some need long cuts. Cook them on high flame for the first 2-3 minutes and then reduce the flame to low medium and be sure not to place a lid on top. Also, remember not to toss them constantly while it cooks. Tossing tends to make them mushy.
Step by step method
Place a pan over medium heat and add oil. As the oil heats up, add cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds sizzle, chopped onions and saute until they turn translucent.
Now, add chopped okra and cook on high heat for 2 min.
Add all the spices and mix gently. When they turn crispy, add salt to taste and mix well.
Okra Fry is ready! Serve them hot with steamed rice or roti!
Variety of okra recipes
Okra (a.k.a bhindi, lady's finger) is a staple item in the Indian household and hence there are several Okra recipes in Indian cuisine ranging from simple stir fry to deep-fried dishes!
I am sharing the simple stir fry recipe that you should try today! Crispy, crunchy, and covered in an irresistible mix of spices, Bhindi Fry will soon be one of your favorites! Try my okra recipes like okra curry or Bhindi masala curry.
How to serve bhindi fry?
This simple and healthy okra fry can be served along with rice, or a side dish for chapathi. Sometimes, I pair them with a spicy vegetable sambar and steamed rice for a simple yet balanced meal. I look forward to feedback from my readers, especially if you have avoided Okra in the past...
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Okra Fry Recipe
- Place a pan over medium heat and add oil.
- As the oil heats up, add cumin seeds.
- When the cumin seeds sizzle, chopped onions and saute until they turn translucent.
- Now, add chopped okra and cook on high heat for 2 min.
- Add all the spices and mix gently.
- When they turn crispy, add salt to taste and mix well.
- Okra Fry is ready! Serve them hot with steamed rice or roti!
- Leftovers make a delicious filling for a sandwich.
- You can add roasted peanuts as a final garnish for variation.
- Use a nonstick pan if you like to add less coconut oil or any oil.
- Add sambar powder or curry powder for variation.
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