Stir-Fried Okra



  • Okra cut into uniform bite-sized pieces
  • Sunflower, canola or sesame oil
  • Cumin seeds
  • Few pinches of coriander powder
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Red chili powder (optional)


  1. Buy okra which is supple, medium width (not too wide) and a uniform green in color.
  2. Wash under running water and spread out on a kitchen towel.
  3. Dry with the towel. This is important!
  4. Place a wok with sunflower or canola or sesame oil on high heat.
  5. Add cumin seeds; wait until they splutter.
  6. Add okra and keep on high heat. Stir fry. Okra emits a "lacey" or "gummy" substance when heated.
  7. Let this cook on high heat, stirring at intervals.
  8. When most of this has cooked away, or when you think the okra is getting burnt — whichever comes first!!!! — reduce the heat to medium-low and let the okra cook until soft, stirring only occasionally.
  9. When soft, add sea salt and coriander to taste.
  10. If you enjoy spicy food, add red chili powder, stir a couple of times and turn off the heat.

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