Crispy Tri-doshic Okra

by Laxmi Mason, Master Chef, The Raj Ayurvedic Spa

Serves 6

This is a favorite okra recipe from Laxmi Mason, a master chef at The Raj Maharishi Ayurvedic Spa in Fairfield, Iowa. Laxmi and her husband Domnick have decades of experience preparing exquisite ayurvedic meals for dignitaries and distinguished guests worldwide.

Why okra, you ask? Because okra is one of the most important ayurvedic vegetables. This is because it is balancing for all three body-types — or in Maharishi Ayurvedic terms, it's tri-doshic.

When okra is properly prepared, it is a delicious flavor-filled dish with a crispy finish. Yes, there are secrets.

The secrets are:

  • The okra must be completely dried before cutting into bite-size pieces.
  • Use enough oil to crisp during the sautéing process.
  • Do not cover when cooking.

Ingredients

  • 6 handfuls of okra
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin seed
  • Small piece of ginger, chopped fine
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • Fresh cilantro leaves to garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (also called hing) or as desired
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly-ground coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin powder
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Wash, fully dry, and cut okra into bite-size pieces.
  2. Heat 1½ Tbsp. (or desired amount) of oil or ghee on medium heat, and add cumin seeds until they just start popping. Then add ginger and hing until lightly brown.
  3. Add okra, stir-frying frequently. This takes approximately 10 minutes. Cook the okra until it's tender and dry.
  4. Add the remaining spices and tomatoes and cook until the oil separates. This takes approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Serve this meal with a garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and enjoy!

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.