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Spiced Okra

spiced-okra

I would like to share this recipe, which I used to enjoy during those afternoon hunger drives while growing up. My mom used to make it so quickly and I never complained the repeats.  Even though her recipe repertoire is embarrassingly small but the few recipes that are in there can give a run for life to many culinary brilliants. This ‘Spiced Okra’ is one of her gems in the kitchen; it converts a non-okra lover to a devoted fan.

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I have always been a true okra lover, okra and potatoes these were only two vegetables which never faced any kind of discrimination from me. And I think I owe this to my mom, she made them often and made them really good. After moving out of my parents home, I realized that even though my mom’s dishes were not the most authentic or elaborated but for me they were the most delicious ones. Leaving home is not easy; I miss my parents and my childhood home everyday. But with food I try to relive some of those moments when I need the comfort of my parents home sitting far away from them…

Coming back to the recipe, this dish is really very simple to make. It is pan fried with spices on moderately high heat to get it a crispy surface and cut of the slimy quality of the okra. The important thing here is to monitor the pan while it is cooking, as we need to cover in short span from time to time to get the okra cooked but still not to steam it to the point that its spoils its crispy surface This is a very fast cooking dish so you don’t have to worry about spending time on it.

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Enjoy this as a side dish or as a main vegetarian entrée. I can assure you will like this once you will try it…

Wishing you all a very beautiful week ahead and Lots of Love to you Momma and Papa…

Spiced Okra

Ingredients

  • Okra – 1lb, slit in half lengthwise.
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp.
  • Coriander seeds – ½ tsp.
  • Fennel seeds – ½ tsp (coarsely crushed).
  • Cayenne pepper – ¼ tsp (coarsely crushed).
  • Salt and pepper as per taste.
  • Oil – 2 Tbsp.
  • Lemon wedges – to be served

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large cast iron or non-stick pan, add cumin seeds and fry till they start to get brown, about 30-45 seconds.
  2. Add the okra and stir fry on medium height heat for 2-3 minutes or till it start to get little brown color on the skin. Make sure to stir it very gently to avoid breaking the okra.
  3. Now add all the spices and give it a quick stir, cook for 2-3 minutes. Cover the pan and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Now open the lid and let it cook for another 1-2 minutes on high heat till it get crispy and if there is any moisture it dries completely. Make sure to keep stirring often while cooking.
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