Meat and Okra Curry


Finally! This last month had been a super crazy one for me, we moved to our new home and long story short it was a one gigantic move. Even though I have managed to make my home look settled in and cozy there is just too much that is still needed to be done. We still have boxes to be unpacked, closets to be organized and zillions of tasks to be done before we can finally get our life back to routine. Last couple of days I had absolutely no energy to even enjoy my meal forget about cooking but I am so happy that finally I am back in my kitchen cooking and enjoying home cooked meals.

They say the first thing that you should cook in the new kitchen is a sweet-dish; blessing your new nest with sweetness and love. But I decided to go the other route; eating out day after day had left me craving for some crazy good home cooked comfort and that is just what I decided to make. My Meat & Okra Curry is the first dish I cooked in my new kitchen, a simple and delicious touch of comfort.



I know for many people okra is not a to-go vegetable but for me it is a vegetable that I grew up eating and loving the most. Whatever form it was prepared I was always a happy camper to see it. My dad is the one who got me hooked on curried okra with meat. A simple tomato based curry with wonderful flavors is an ultimate form of comfort. The trick here is to add the okra towards the last few minutes of cooking to prevent it from breaking down while cooking.

For the meat part you can actually use any red meat of your choice. My preferred meat for this dish is either goat or lamb but this goes very well with beef too. You may think that this takes a long time to cook but that’s actually the time needed for meat to get tender. Otherwise this is a very simple and easy to cook curry. If you have a pressure cooker you can totally cook the meat in it and then once the meat is done you just remove the lid and go with the recipe the same way.


So my dear friends I hope you will give this recipe a try and once again sorry for being away for so long. Love!

Meat and Okra Curry


  • 1 lb. meat (Beef/Lamb/Goat) cut into small 1 ½ - 2 inch pieces
  • ½ lb. okra, washed, dried and with the stems and top removed.
  • 2 red onions, medium size thinly sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, large diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 inch ginger piece, julienned
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 2-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. coriander powder
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. cumin powder
  • ½ tsp. garam masala (optional)
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2-3 Tbsp. oil
  • 2-3 tsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro for garnish.


  1. In a large pot add meat long with onion, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, jalapeno, cinnamon, coriander powder, turmeric powder, paprika, cumin powder and oil. Add 3-4 cups of water. Give everything a quick stir and bring the pot to boil on medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and let the meat cooked covered along all the other ingredients till it get tender about 30-35 minutes. Make sure to keep checking while it is cooking and if needed add more water.
  2. While the meat is cooking, heat a large frying pan and add 1 tsp. of oil, fry the prepared okra just for 2-4 minutes or till it start to get color on its skin. Remove it from the pan and set aside.
  3. Once the meat is well cooked and tender, remove the lid of the pot and increase the heat to medium high. Cook the meat till all the liquid has evaporated and oil starts to separate. Keep stirring the pot to prevent the curry from sticking to the bottom of the pot and getting burned.
  4. Finally add the fried okra along with ½ - ¾ cup of water. Bring the curry to a quick boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer the curry covered for 8-10 minutes or till the okra are well done.
  5. Remove the curry from the heat and add the lemon-juice and sprinkle the garam masala. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with bread or rice.


{ 11 comments… add one }

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook July 1, 2013, 1:47 pm

    Happy to hear you are settled (although you said you still have more unpacking to do…) and back in the kitchen. I love moving into a new house and re-do enter organization from scratch, but now with two kids and house filled with STUFF, I am not so confident anymore if we can move again… lol. Love your curry dish. Okra is one of my favorite veggies! Pretty and delicious food!

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health July 1, 2013, 3:48 pm

    moving is such a pain but im glad you are on your way :) on a different note, I am not much of a okra person unless its crispy and fried. My mom on the other hand will be crazy about anything okra. sending her the link.

  • Shema George July 1, 2013, 7:45 pm

    Congrats on the new house!! I am pretty sure the new house would keep you busy for a while…
    I loved the recipe and the combo – YUM!!! I am going to try this out soon..Lovely pictures as always!

  • yummychunklet July 1, 2013, 10:45 pm

    I love okra! And your photos are fantastic!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 2, 2013, 5:04 am

    Glad you are settled in your new home with some comfort food! Your curry looks so tasty!

  • Raymund July 2, 2013, 6:17 am

    Wow I would so love this, okra is such a nice addition to soups and stews.

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen July 2, 2013, 8:22 am

    Okra is one of my favorite veggies! I just had it steamed today dipped in fish paste.

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 2, 2013, 10:34 pm

    I hope you get settled in soon!

    And this dish is just gorgeous. I’ve actually never had okra before but I’m hoping that changes very soon!

  • Kankana July 3, 2013, 9:51 pm

    Oh all these packing and unpacking! I can feel ya babe. And this looks like a stunning dish, lovely LOVELY styling, specially the last frame looks gorgeous.

  • Sanjeev July 5, 2013, 1:43 pm

    Okra aka lady’s finger or the good ol’ bhindi is one of my favorite veggies. And I could never guess that it can be paired with meat. I’d have tried the dish but I gave up non-veg when I met my wife 21 years back. I’ll therefore pair it with paneer and cook it the way you have mentioned here. Will keep you posted on the outcome.

  • Kitchen Belleicious July 10, 2013, 1:57 am

    your making me feel like I am home again! Southern with the okra but kickin it up a notch with the curry and meat addition! i love it


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