Fried Stuffed Okra
I have finally come around to read “The Girl. …” trilogy. I am on the first one, some 200 pages down and I must say it is quite gripping. Narration is good, but for the life of me, I cant seem to pronounce the names of all the Swedish people and places. So I just make up my own names and read on 🙂
I have fallen all over in love with Sailu’s blog. I have a bunch of basic recipes bookmarked for this week, the first one among which is Fried Stuffed Okra. I’ll admit, I am not the biggest fan of okra, I rather eat plain rice than sticky okra 😉 The few times I actually do cook it, I load up the pan with lots of onions and completely caramelize the whole ensemble – so you cannot point out exactly, where the okra is 🙂
Inspite of all this, I do like to eat okra, when it is fried crispy. And stuffed okra with fresh grated coconut filling does just that. Its super-easy to make, needs basic ingredients from home and doesn’t take that long either. So here you go …..
1 pound of okra – washed, wiped dry
1 tblsp Curry leaves
1 tsp asafoetida
2 tblsp cumin powder
2 tblsp coriander powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tblsp white sesame seeds
1 tblsp ginger-garlic paste
3 tblsp crushed peanuts
4 tblsp fresh grated coconut
1 tblsp sugar (brown)
Few twigs of coriander leaves
1. Wash and wipe the okra. Slit them vertically to create an opening to stuff in the stuffing
2. Mix all the ingredients for stuffing.
3. Fill 1/2 to 1 tsp of stuffing in each okra. Depends on the size of okra. I couldnt find those nice long ones, mine are really tiny.
4. In a non-stick pan, heat 3 tblsp of oil. Add the curry leaves and asafoetida powder.
5. After a minute, place the stuffed okra in one layer in the oil in the pan. Add the remaining stuffing if any to the pan as well. I love the cooked crisp stuffing so much, I always make more and sit around eating the stuffing, while the BH eats the okra 🙂 🙂
6. Cook on one side for about 8-10 mins on medium to low heat.
7. Turn the okra carefully on the other side and cook for another 5-10 minutes. The okra should be soft. I leave it longer to make them really crisp. Depends on how you like it.
8. Serve with rice or rotis. I made some masala rice on the side.