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The earthy flavor of mushroom and the sweet nutty flavor of okra combine delicously in this easy Indian curry. The best way to eat okra is when it is young and freshly picked. I prefer to cook it whole. Just wash and dry the okra and trim the stem ends. Be careful not to slice into the pod itself and allow juice to escape. This can be a main dish for 4 people or a side dish for 6.
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 fresh red chilies, seeded and chopped
- 3⁄4 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon coriander seed
- 1 teaspoon cumin seed
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 green cardamom pods
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 (14 ounce) canpeeled and chopped tomatoes
- 1 lb mushroom, halved (or quartered, if large)
- 8 ounces okra, washed, dried and trimmed
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods and grind in a mortar and pestle. Set aside.
- With either a stick blender or food processor, blend the garlic, ginger and chilies with 3 tablespoons of the water, until smooth. Set aside.
- Heat a large pan over medium to high heat, add the oil, and when hot, add the coriander and cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle for a few seconds. Add the ground cumin, cardamom and turmeric and cook for 1 minute. Add the garlic, ginger and chili paste, the tomatoes, the remaining water, mushrooms and okra. Mix well, bring to the boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Uncover and cook the curry for 10 minutes more, or until the okra is tender.
- Serve hot, garnished with the cilantro and accompanied by rice and a tangy Indian relish.
This was edible, but it was also disappointment. I was looking for an okra recipe, to see if I like okra, but I think I'll keep looking.
I found the seasoning bland. I also agree that is too watery. I tried adding tomato paste and molasses, but that didn't help much. I prefer my curry thicker, with more complex flavor.
This was really good! I used cremini mushrooms. I also used 1 tsp coriander and 1 tsp cumin (2 tsp total) in place of the coriander and cumin seeds. I added a tablespoon of cornstarch at the end to thicken it up as well, it was just a little too watery looking to me. We had it with jasmine rice and a mango relish. I will definitely make this again.
The flavors were a little to earthy for me. It didn't taste like traditional Indian curry to me.