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Dry Okra

The recipe had called for an ingredient called Amchoor; but, I did not have time to look for it. So, instead I used some lemon juice as suggested in the cookbook. I'm not sure how much difference the okra would have turned out if I had adhered to using Amchoor. In any case, the okra turned out very delicious with the lemon juice substitute.

Recipe adapted from Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking

Dry Okra


450 g (1 l) Fresh Okra
8 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
175-200 g (6-7 oz) Onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
1/4 tsp Ground Coriander
1 tsp Ground Amchoor or Lemon Juice
1/8-1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper


Wipe the okra pods with dampened kitchen paper. Pat dry. Cut off the conical top and the very tip or each okra pod and then cut the pods, crosswise, into 7mm-1 cm (1/3 - 1/2 inch) segments.

Put the oil in a large, preferably non-stick, frying pan and set over medium-high heat. When hot, put in the cumin seeds. Let the seeds sizzle for 10 seconds. Put in the onions and okra, spreading the okra out evenly in the pan. Fry, stirring every now and then, for 10 minutes, spreading the okra out evenly in the pan each time you stir. The onions should begin to brown by this time. Turn the heat to medium and continue to stir and fry the same way for another 5 minutes. Be gentle as you stir. Put in the salt, ground cumin, ground coriander, amchoor or lemon juice and cayenne pepper.

Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring or tossing gently as you do so.


  1. Oh..looks yum, memories of home...

    aamchoor's dry mango powder, by the way....

  2. @tigerfish: Yup!

    @amritac: Thanks for the tip... I guess the okra might taste slightly better with dry mango powder then;)


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