Thursday, February 27, 2014

Okra Curry with Coconut Milk (Throwback Thursday)

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In 2012 I wrote: Okra.  Here is another vegetable that I love that most people are not crazy about (my husband included).  He was not thrilled when I was making a whole pan of "slimy" okra curry.  I could already see the "walls" being put up that he didn't want to eat it.  He does the same thing with eggplant. He completely refuses to even taste eggplant, but he said he would try a few okra to appease me. Well, he was pleasantly surprised to say the least. He did what I call an Oliver Twist and said **in a British accent** "May I have some more please?"  So no more protest from the husband from when it comes to okra because there was no "slime".     Now that I have one down, I have 2 more to go.  The kids.  That's okay, I will just keep cooking my vegetable curries and someday they will understand how curry makes even the not so popular vegetables taste delicious. Someday they will love them as much as I do... I hope.



 
 Note:  The trick to keeping okra from getting slimy is keeping it completely dry when cutting it.  I washed the okra well the day before I needed to use it and allowed it to completely air dry.

 Ingredients:  
1lb of fresh Okra tops cut (washed and dried)
12-15 curry leaves
1 medium onion chopped
2 green chilies sliced (seeded for less heat)
1-2 mild red chilies sliced (for color)
1 cinnamon stick
1tsp of fennugreek seeds
1 tsp of mustard seeds
1 tsp of cumin seeds
1/2 tsp of sugar
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
Red chili powder (to taste)
1/2Tbs of curry powder
salt to taste
1/2 tsp of vinegar (optional)
1cup of coconut milk
 1/4 cup of water

Directions:
Add 2 tsp of canola oil into a  pan and add the onions, chilies, curry leaves, cinnamon stick, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds,  Fry for a few minutes until onions begin to soften.  Then add the okra into the pan and add the ground spices, red chili powder, turmeric,sugar, salt and curry powder.  Saute ground spices for a 30 seconds to bloom their flavors.

Next add add vinegar and water.  Bring curry to a simmer for 4-5 minutes.  I recommend you use a pan with a lid to trap the heat and cook the okra faster (add a few Tbs more water if the okra begins to stick in the pan). Once the okra is almost tender add the coconut milk and simmer for another 3-4 minutes.



Finally taste for seasoning and adjust salt and chili as needed. The curry is done.  I allowed the curry to sit for 10 minutes before serving and some of the gravy got absorbed into the okra making it more delicious. Serve with rice and desired curries.  Enjoy.

 




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29 comments:

  1. Well, I don't think I dare offer this for our vegetable or I'll have mutiny! But if you'd send me over a little bowl to sample, I'd love to try it!!! Happy Tuesday, Ramona~

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  2. Never tried okra this way..looks so tempting and delicious.
    Mouthwatering recipe..thanks for sharing....

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  3. I'm your husband! You'll have to do a hard sell to get me to try okra. :) I have to admit that it is my LEAST favorite of ALL vegetables. Your eggplant curry was definitely a winner, and I know my sister would LOVE this okra curry so I'll be sending this link to her. Have a great day my friend.

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  4. Yumm, super tempting curry..anything with coconut milk is my fav..

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  5. I never quite know what to do with okra, but this looks like a great option. So glad to hear that there was no slime factor!

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  6. I love your mission, Ramona! Make the veggies delicious so the kids will love them too :) I love this curry idea - time to convert some of my family's okra opponents :) Thank you! Have a great week!

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  7. i bet that okra is absolutely delicious! awesome recipe!

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  8. I've never tried okra before but it sure does look tasty! I definitely want to try it now, I love new and different foods :) It looks gorgeous!

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  9. I love okra curry and i think your idea of bringing in coconut milk would ive its flavour such a unique and delicious twist - genius :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  10. I never had okra,I guess i will never know how okra taste like,if I never try it,Lol,,,but i do like anything with curry,,,hmmhh,maybe i should try this okra curry,looks flavorful though :)
    Ridwan

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  11. love this unique and flavorful curry!

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  12. I really love okra, this sounds wonderful.

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  13. I don't think I've ever had okra. The thought of "slimy" put me off, I think. You might have changed my mind. Good tips!

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  14. delicious looking flavourful okra curry

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  15. Is that really the secret to keeping the okra from getting slimy? I just thought it was how it was prepared...

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  16. I usually like okra, but it depends on how it is prepared. I think I like it fried best, LOL! But, your way looks pretty tasty too!

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  17. Ok, I'm totally one of those okra-haters. The few times I've had it and not wanting to spit it out, it was fried. But I would try your curry version. I love it when my husband thinks he hates something, I make it and he goes back for seconds!

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  18. This looks fantastic and I'm not that big a fan of okra in curry. I really should try okra and coconut as a combination.

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  19. We're very fond of curry in our house. Your recipe looks delicious. :-)

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  20. Such a delicious and colorful curry! Looks wonderful, Ramona!

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  21. Loving this throwback my friend, I love okra curry though coconut is new flavouring for me :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  22. I love okra. So glad to find someone else who likes it, too. I also love that you are so creative with it. I've never had it curried, but what a great idea!

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  23. I've only used okra in soups and stews...I think I need to broaden my horizons! Thanks for the tip on preventing sliminess :)

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  24. My mom used okra often in her Creole dishes and I didn't always eat it. I've only cooked it a couple of times and my kids wouldn't eat it. I think they would try this, it looks way better than the way I used to cook it.

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