Okra fry is a classic combination with sambar or rasam or curd rice and it is equally good with phulkas. This is an easy to cook and tasty to eat side-dish that I opt usually for week-end lunches. As my husband is quite fond of okra, I make this frequently.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
1. Lady's finger (Okra) – 250 grams
2. Onion – 1
3. Lemon – 1/2
4. Chili powder – 1 tsp
5. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
6. Sugar – 1/2 tsp
7. Oil – 2 tbsp
8. Salt to taste
9. Roasted and coarsely ground groundnuts - 3 tbsp
10. Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
11. Urad dal – 1 tbsp
12.Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Step 1: Wash and cut Okra into 1/2 inch thick pieces.
Step 2: Chop onion and curry leaves finely.
Step 3: Heat a pan, prepare the seasoning by spluttering mustard seeds, roasting urad dal and add chopped curry leaves, onion, fry till it becomes translucent.
Step 4: Add all dry ingredients except sugar, salt and mix well.
Step 5: Put in the okra, fry for a couple of minutes; cover and keep for 3 minutes in low flame.
Step 6: Check whether Okras are cooked and if required fry for few more minutes by mixing well.
Step 7: Add sugar, lemon juice and mix well; cook for a minute more to let the tastes sweet, sour, salt, spices blend well; this will enhance the taste.
Step 8: Add groundnut powder for lifting the taste and flavour.
Step 9: Serve hot with rice or phulkas.
* Cook Okra in low flame and use non-stick fry pan to consume less oil.