Monday, August 30, 2010


I used to think that okra was ONLY a southern dish.  I didn’t want much to do with it.  Then, when I was making baby food for Mr. Smackdown some six years ago, I tried okra and was disturbed.

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It’s slimy.

I can understand mango being slimy . . . or even a banana.  You get a sweet reward for putting up with its sliminess. 

But okra? 

However, in India they know how to cook it right.  I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when we stopped to have dinner at my favorite Indian restaurant (India Sizzling). 

Last week, Okra became available in my Farm Fresh basket.  This week, I ordered two shares of it.

And here is the recipe for why I am so stoked for my dinner tomorrow night.

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Bhindi (aka Okra)

  • 2 cups (I’m guessing), beheaded and detailed, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 onion (want to know how I cut onions?)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2  tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp oil (I used butter mixed with olive oil, but coconut oil, or Palm Oil would also work well)
  • salt, to taste

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After washing chopped bhindi, allow it to dry. Heat oil in a frying pan, and when hot add the cumin and onion, cooking until translucent.

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Add the chopped bhindi and all the spices.  Sautee until the okra turns dark green and softens.

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Finally add salt to taste.

Note:  I allowed our okra to get slightly crispy and perhaps a little burnt.  It was served with Teriyaki Chicken (from Nourishing Traditions), local sweet corn, and Red Raspberry Leaf tea, of course.

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