Prep 25 mins
Cook 15 mins
If you like it hot, use as many of the hot chilies as you like, or leave them out. With some grilled chicken or fish or shrimp, makes a very nice meal. Cooking time does not include defrosting time if you have to use frozen okra.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs fresh okra or 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen okra
- 4 cups tomatoes, peeled, cored, seeded and crushed or 4 cups canned tomatoes, crushed, preferably organic
- 1⁄4 cup peanut oil or 1⁄4 cup canola oil
- 3⁄4 cup onion, chopped fine
- 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped fine
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 tablespoons hot green chili peppers, chopped (optional)
- 3 tablespoons coriander leaves, fresh, chopped
- 3⁄4 cup chicken broth, preferably homemade and unsalted (or vegetable broth)
- salt & fresh ground pepper
- If fresh okra is used, trim off tough stems.
- If frozen okra is used, defrost and drain.
- Put the tomatoes in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Cook, stirring often to prevent sticking, until the tomatoes are reduced to about two cups.
- Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium high heat and add onions and garlic.
- Cook, stirring, until the mixture is softened.
- Sprinkle with curry powder and ground coriander and cook briefly.
- Stir in the tomatoes and cook about five minutes; reduce heat if mixture is sticking.
- Stir in chilies and fresh coriander.
- Add the okra, chicken broth and salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until the okra is tender.
for some reason, it was really hard to find an okra in tomato sauce recipe - even in all five of my Indian cookbooks. this was a great find and a universal favorite at my group's "Indian Night." the color is beautiful and the sauce flavorful enough it could easily go vegetarian w/ water instead of chicken broth. i'm going to try adding a bit of tamarind next time to try to approximate a dish i had in a restaurant that had a tart foil to the sweet tomatoes.
I have been in the seaarch of a okra tomato dish as I fell in love with the pair while pregnant and this really hit the target. I too was worrisome about the texture as I used crushed tomatoes in a can, but it turned out "just right". I couldn't find any ground coriander at the commissary (down side to being stationed overseas...only ONE place to shop) so I am sure it would have been even more amazing. Thanks for posting this great dish
Yum, this was so nice! We love okra and curry, so this recipe was very popular with the family. Thanks! Made for ZWT4 - Los Jefes de la Cocina!