Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tomato and Okra Curry

 I love when I see tomatoes on the clearance rack at my local grocery store.  3lbs of organic tomatoes for a dollar... can you beat that?  The only problem is you must use them up fast because they are ripe.  So I made this very quick and easy Tomato and Okra Curry.  I made it for myself since the family does not do okra.  But I love it.  I used frozen sliced okra in this dish and it really made the dish come together fast. I ate it with rice and lentil curry and it was a perfect vegetarian meal.

1lb of frozen okra
4-6 large size ripe tomatoes cut into large chunks
10-12 Curry leaves
1-2 pieces pandan leaves
1 (1 inch piece) cinnamon stick
1 medium onion sliced
2-3 green chilies or green bell pepper diced
1 inch grated ginger
2-3 cloves grated garlic
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp fennugreek seeds (optional)
red chili flakes to taste
1 tsp of sugar (optional) add if tomatoes are tart.
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
red chili powder to taste
salt to taste
1-2 Tbs canola oil

Add oil to pan on medium high heat.  Then fry the pandan leaves, curry leaves, cumin seeds, fennegreek seeds, mustard seeds and cinnamon stick for 1 minute.  Next onion and saute a few minutes and then the tomatoes and saute for 1-2 minutes.

Now add the grated ginger, garlic, turmeric powder salt and red chili powder.  Saute for another 2-3 minutes. Add frozen okra.  Mix well.

Cook for 15-20 minutes (stirring occasionally). Once okra is heated through and the tomato juices have been cooked out of your dish, the dish is ready.  Taste for seasoning and serve . Enjoy.

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  1. You know, you don't need to give me a fork...just pass me a loaf of bread and leave me all alone with that bowl of deliciousness... I will clean it up, too. :) LOVE IT!

  2. That looks delicious, Ramona. Like spicy ratatouille. I can't find okra here so I will substitute in zucchini (which is currently available in abundance!)

  3. This looks simply mouthwatering ...delicious!

  4. this looks amazing! I am so jealous you have a clearance rack at your grocery store for produce...

  5. I always go to clearance rack first! Usually they have bananas :) This dish looks great - for me, because just like imj your family, I am the only one who likes okra :)

  6. Reminds me of tomato drumstick curry... This seems like a way to replicate it as best we can in the states!

  7. Will happily have this delicious curry with a bowl of rice.

  8. Wow! There's a similar dish available at a local soul food place...only without these fabulous spices. I can't wait to make it!

  9. Mmmm I simply love this my friend such tasty flavours :)
    Okra is undoubtedly one of the best!

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. This is a very soulful dish and it looks delicious.

  11. This is such an gorgeous and healthy combination for curry that I have never thought to do! I will surely try it soon. Love the curry slice blend for this.

  12. Just wondering - when do you put the onion in?

    1. Thanks for letting me know I omitted that step. Sorry about that. :) You can saute the onion right after the first few ingredients and just before the tomatoes. :)


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