Sweet and Sour Fried Okra

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by grapefruit

one of my favourite ways to make okra

Top Review by Nabiha

This was amazingly good! Such a lovely way to make okra, DH liked it too! After slicing the okra lengthwise, I did what most Indian women do- dry roast the slices in a non-stick pan or iron skillet for a few minutes, tossing them about every minute or so. This gets rid of the 'snotty' mucilage. Also, instead of adding everything at once, I first added the nigella, fennel and cumin seeds in hot oil and let them spatter a bit before adding the onions. Once the onions were transluscent I added the red chili and turmeric powder and let them cook for a few minutes to get rid of the raw taste. Next went the tomatoes, okra, green chillies, sugar-lime mixture and salt and left them to simmer. Mango powder is best added towards the end of cooking.All in all, this was a very enjoyable dish and I will be definitely making this again. Thanks grapefruit!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. heat oil, fry okra till brown, and its lost all the goo.
  2. Remove, drain.
  3. In the same oil, add everything except salt and the sugar+lime mixture.
  4. add the okra and fry with the spices a few minutes.
  5. add the sugar-lime mixture.
  6. Simmer 10 minutes.
  7. Add salt before serving.
  8. (Adding salt at the end lets the okra remain crisp longer).
  9. serve hot with naan bread.

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