I love spicy foods. Sambal with vegetables is one of my favorite dishes. As you may know, okra can become starchy once you cut them. In order to retain the crunchiness and prevent the stickiness of the okra, I have decided to steam it before I mix them into the sambal. The result was superb!
Steamed Okra With Spicy Sambal
1 Pack (250g) Okra, cut into smaller bite size (about 3/4 inch)
15 Dried Chilies, soaked
2 Fresh Red Chilies, chopped
2 Cloves Garlic
2 tsp Roasted Shrimp Paste
3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
2- 3 Tbsp Lime Juice
2 tsp Palm Sugar
3 to 4 Tbsp Water
Sea Salt to taste
Prepare the sambal. Combine the dried chilies, fresh chilies, candlenuts, shallots, garlic and shrimp paste and blend them into a paste.
Cook the sambal paste in a low heat with the oil until fragrant and add the lime juice, sugar, water and some sea salt to taste.
Steam okra on a high heat for about 8 to 10 minutes or until fully cooked. Transfer the cooked okra onto the sambal and give it a quick stir. Serve immediately.