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Fried Okra With Spices (Cook Without Slime)

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This Okra recipe is something that will never be served to you at a restaurant, it is just too simple and not so elegant looking for that spot. But at home this is how simple it gets, cut the okra and cook them with some ground and a few whole spices.

In this recipe, I am also using two of my favourite spices, dried fenugreek leaves also known as Kasuri Methi and another popular middle eastern spice called Sumac. Sumac is made from dried berries of the berry fruit of the Rhus Coriaria shrub. It gives a unique tanginess to the dish and it can be substituted with dried mango powder or dried pomegranate seeds. And if none of these exotic spices have made a way into your kitchen, use freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice.

It’s important to know how to pick the best okra in the market for your recipe. When you buy them, you have to make sure that it’s crisp, it’s smooth on the surface. To check its freshness you can just snap the tip of an okra pod with your fingers, it should be crisp.

Two tips that will make your okra recipes free of slime.

  1. After washing the okra, make sure you dry them with a dry kitchen cloth and never wash cut okra.
  2. At the time of cooking do not cover the utensil with a lid for the first few minutes. This will trap the moisture and make the dish slimy.

Fried Okra, Indian Style

Course: MainCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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A simple okra stir fried recipe made with fresh okra and common Indian spices.


  • 500 g okra

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • 1/2 tsp garam masala

  • 1 tsp of salt

  • 1 tsp of sumac (optional). Can be replaced with lemon juice (added at the end) or mango powder

  • 1 Tbsp of fenugreek leaves

  • 100 g or 1 medium-sized onion

  • 4 cloves of garlic

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp Cooking oil


  • Cut the okra, garlic and onions. Remember to read the instructions I wrote earlier.
  • Add 1 Tbsp cooking oil to a stainless stell pan on medium heat. Add 1 tsp of cumin seeds and wait for it to crackle.
  • When the seeds begin to crackle, add chopped onions and garlic and cook, until the onions become translucent. Cook on medium heat.
  • Add okra, and cook without covering until ready, for about 15 minutes, on low flame. Stir it very gently every 3 to 4 minutes. Let the vegetable sweat it out.
  • In about 15 minutes the Okras will appear moist and will shrink in volume. You can pick one or two and taste. When Okra has cooked it will be soft to chew.
  • Add the spices and mix well. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for five minutes more.
  • At the end, add fenugreek leaves and mix everything together. Take off the heat and serve. You can also garnish the dish with fresh herbs such as cilantro or parsely leaves.

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