Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is the way my mom prepares okra and the way we have had it all our childhood.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1 tblsp oil in a wok.
  2. Add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, sliced onions and green chillies.
  3. Saute till onions turn translucent.
  4. Add the ginger and garlic and the cumin and turmeric powders.
  5. Then add the sliced okra and the salt.
  6. Saute till just mixed through so that it does not get sticky.
  7. Let it cook on low till the okra is almost cooked without stirring.
  8. Add the tamarind extract and mix and cook till the okra is cooked through.


Most Helpful

The reason for the 4 star instead of 5 is because I used these spices with squash (a tasteless vegetable in my opinion) and it turned out great. I know it will be a 5 star using okra as soon as I can find it in this "northern" state of existance. I also used the tamarind concentrate, but probably did not use enough. Thanks for a great recipe!

Mary Austin January 13, 2006

Very tasty. This was the first time I've used fresh okra and it was wonderful. I was able to get lovely fresh Organic okra and the okra flavor really shone through. I thought that the spicing was wonderful- you can still taste the spicing and the tamarind, but the fresh flavor of okra is really the star.

Roosie July 29, 2005

Simply delicious. I increased the amount of green chillies and fried them up well with the onions before adding the okra. Will be a regular at my household.

Rhea in USA September 22, 2004

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