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Ladyfinger/Okra Stirfry

Benefits of Okra:

  • Rich in Nutrients: Okra is packed with vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin A. It also contains minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium.

  • Fiber-Rich: A good source of dietary fiber, okra promotes a healthy digestive system and can aid in weight management.

  • Antioxidant Properties: Okra contains antioxidants like polyphenols, which help protect cells from damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

  • Supports Heart Health: The soluble fiber in okra helps lower cholesterol levels, promoting heart health and reducing the risk of heart disease.

  • Blood Sugar Control: Some studies suggest that okra may help regulate blood sugar levels, making it beneficial for individuals with diabetes.


Lady’s finger (Okra)- 400-500g

Tomatoes- 2, chopped

Onions- 2, chopped

Garlic- 2-3 pods, chopped


Turmeric powder-1 tsp

Coriander powder- 2 tsp

Chilli powder-2 tsp (adjust to taste)

Salt to taste

#### Instructions:

1. Prepare Okra:

- Rinse the lady’s finger thoroughly and pat dry with a kitchen towel.

- Trim the ends and chop the lady’s finger into medium-sized pieces.

2. Frying Okra:

- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium heat.

- Add the chopped lady’s finger pieces.

- Sprinkle some salt and fry them until they are cooked and slightly crispy.

- Remove the fried okra from the pan and set aside.

3. Making the Stir Fry:

- In another pan, heat some oil.

- Add a teaspoon of cumin seeds and let them splutter.

- Add the chopped onions and garlic. Sauté until the onions turn translucent.

4. Adding Tomatoes and Spices:

- Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan.

- Stir and cook until the tomatoes are soft and mushy.

- Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, and salt according to taste.

- Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes until the raw smell of the spices goes away.

5. Combining Okra:

- Add the fried lady’s finger to the pan with the onion-tomato mixture.

- Gently mix everything together, ensuring the okra is well coated with the spices.

6. Cooking:

- Cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer on low flame for 8-10 minutes.

- Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, but be gentle to not break the lady’s finger pieces.

7. Final Touch:

- Once the okra is tender and the flavors have melded, check for seasoning and adjust if needed.

- Turn off the heat and let it sit for a couple of minutes.

8. Serving:

- Transfer the okra/ladyfinger stir fry to a serving dish.

- Garnish with fresh coriander leaves if desired.

- Serve hot with steamed rice or Indian bread like chapati or naan.

Enjoy this flavorful and nutritious okra stir fry as a side dish or a main course with your favorite accompaniments!



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