Okra Stir Fry

This stir fry is a staple in most south Indian homes. It’s interesting how people in India associate okra with excelling in math and therefore make this vegetable always the day before or on the day of a math test:) I don’t know if this is just a trick that moms use to make children eat this vegetable. If there is any scientific explanation to this, please let me know. You can serve this with rice or roti. Add onions and tomatoes for a variation.


1 pound Okra/lady’s finger

2 teaspoons oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon broken urad dal

1/2 teaspoon channa dal

1/2 teaspoon red chili powder

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/4 teaspoon asafetida

few curry leaves



1. Wash and cut the okra into small discs. Sprinkle some salt on them and keep aside for 10 minutes. This reduces the gooeyness of okra.

2.  Heat oil in a pan and once its hot, add mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal and curry leaves and cook for few seconds.

3. Add okra , 1 tablespoon of water and cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes in medium heat.

4. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder and asafetida and mix well.

5. Cook uncovered on medium heat for 15 minutes.

6. Add more salt if required and cook on high heat for 5 minutes or until the okra is cooked well.


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