Thomas J. Story
Total Time
1 Hour
Serves 4

The spices in this recipe, adapted from one in A Taste of India by Madhur Jaffrey, bring out okra's green bean-asparagus flavors.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook onion in 2 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, stirring, until deep golden brown, about 15 minutes; transfer to a bowl as cooked and season with salt.

Step 2

Trim okra stems without piercing pods (leave a bit of stem on).

Step 3

Mix 1/2 tsp. salt and the spices (but not lemon juice, if using) in a bowl. Slit each okra pod lengthwise from just below stem to 1/2 in. from tip. Poke a finger into slit to hold it open and stuff with some spices.

Step 4

Add okra and remaining oil to pan. Cook over medium heat until lightly browned, 5 minutes, tipping pan occasionally. Add 1/2 cup water and lemon juice, if using; quickly cover and simmer until okra is tender-crisp, 5 minutes. Toss gently with onion.

Step 5

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Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews

GraceVA's Review

July 06, 2013