Comfort food

Okra-for the homesick soul

This is a simple okra “curry” that was a staple growing up.  Okra was always available and this dish made a frequent appearance at both the lunch and dinner table.  So when I am homesick or craving my mom’s cooking I make this.  I hope you like this Indian style okra curry.


16 oz frozen okra

1 Tbsp of olive oil

1 tsp of black mustard seeds

1 medium onions thinly sliced

2 Tbsp of tomato paste (or 1 medium tomato chopped)

1/2 Tbsp of chilli powder, cumin and turmeric

Salt to taste


Heat olive oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.

Next add the onions and saute till pale golden and then add tomato paste and spices.

Saute for about 5 mins and then add the okra.

Saute for another 5mins and add about 1/4 cup of water and let the curry simmer for about 20 mins till the sauce thickens.

Serve warm with plain white rice, lentils or handmade flatbread.

16 thoughts on “Okra-for the homesick soul”

  1. I love okra curry. It’s by far one of my favorites. Do you ever flash fry them first so they are a little crusty?


  2. OMG that sounds yummy. Fresh okra is available here right now and I may have to go get some to try this. I use okra sometimes in my sambhar, but this sounds better…


  3. Now I’m hungry. These recipes look wonderful. I do roasted vegetables too, loved roasted root veggies this winter. Thanks for dropping by my blog and “liking” it.


  4. I hadn’t looked at my blog reader for a week and saw you recently did this okra post, I posted a Mediterranean version of my own today that’s a staple side veggie here.


  5. Big D (my hubby) doesn’t like okra, so I have to get my fix looking at pictures like these. This looks delicious.


  6. Yum, i am going to try this. I have never cooked with Okra, even though my mum used to cook it for us when we were little. Joy, i have forgotten about Okra until now 🙂


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