Okra or Ladies Finger Curry

Okra or Ladies Finger as it is called in some parts of the world is an exotic vegetable and tastes delicious when fried on its own or with the combination of Okra and Onions with spices or no spices at all!
It is a provider of good bacteria and controls blood sugar.  It has a high amount of Vitamin B6 and folic acid.  Okra is also a good laxative and helps reduce the risk of certain types of cancer!

Ingredients for 6 people

1 Small Finely chopped Onion
20-25 Okra
1 Tbs Yoghurt*
2 -3 Tbs. Oil
½ Tsp. Turmeric Powder
1 Tsp. Mustard Seeds
Few Sprigs Curry Leaves
1-2 Tsp. Sambhar Powder
1-2 Tsp. Salt


Preparation

Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
When the mustard seeds crackle, add the finely chopped onion, curry leaves and the turmeric powder
Sauté for a minute
Add the diced okra pieces, salt and the tablespoon of yoghurt
Cover with a lid for a few minutes on a low to medium flame
Take out the lid, add the sambhar powder and fry for a further 5-6 minutes without covering the pan

The curry is ready to be served when the okra is cooked and fried well

Note:  Generally Okra is fried and not boiled.  This helps retain the texture ,colour and flavour of the vegetable.
The tablespoon of yoghurt is used generally to separate the chopped vegetable so the curry is not mushy and  gooey!!
Onion may or may not be used in the preparation of Okra curry based on the palate of the individuals! 

 

 

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