Some time ago, one of my social media connections, dee, suggested that I cook okra with mustard oil. This is her recipe. We were discussing mustard oil and okra – there is such a natural affinity. When we are drying okra, for example, we mix the okra halves with mustard oil and spices before drying.
You’ll love this recipe – simple, quick, easy and deliciously flavoured.
Okra with Mustard Oil | Okra Fry
For 4 people, take 16 – 20 medium to large okra, trim the tops and cut them diagonally into 1/3 – 1/2 cm slices. Slice 1 red onion.
Dee’s recipe, in 140 chars: “I thinly slice onions + okra, fry them in m.oil with chilli+ turmeric+ coriander pwdr+ a dash of dried mango.”
Heat 1 Tblspn mustard oil in a kadhai or heavy frying pan. Add the onion and cook until translucent, then add the okra which has been mixed with 0.5 – 1 tspn Indian Chilli Powder, 0.5 tspn turmeric powder, 0.75 tspn coriander powder and a pinch or two of amchur. Cook for a few minutes until the okra are tender but still crunchy.
Serve as a beautiful snack or side dish.
recipe notes and alternatives
A squeeze of lemon over the okra is great.
I always have various home made chilli pastes available, so sometimes I use some instead of the chilli powder.