Monday, August 31, 2009

Okra, Okra- What do I do with you?

The other day my husband came home with a huge bag of fresh okra.
I really love that people are willing to share their fresh produce with us.

I already mentioned my problem with okra-mainly, that I don't really know what to do with it besides fry it and I am not a big fan of frying things at home.
This time, I took my problem to Twitter. I got lots of great ideas and recipe links- oven roasted whole okra, grilled okra, stews, gumbos, etc.
Kayte of Grandma's Kitchen Table sent me the link for Easy Indian style Okra on allrecipes- it looked easy, the spices sounded good and it was perfect for a quick side dish.
I reduced the butter by a little bit and this easy okra dish was a real hit for us.

I also did some searching of my own and found this recipe on epicurious, Curried Okra with Chickpeas and Tomatoes. I love chickpeas and thought it would be fun to try a recipe that left the okra whole. My only comment on this one is to make sure that you don't cook the okra too long, because it tastes better when it still has a little firmness to it. I had to pick the tomatoes out of my husband's serving, but other that that, everyone liked this recipe too.

I am glad that I have found more ways to cook okra-these were both really delicious!



Recipe for Easy Indian Style Okra

Recipe for Curried Okra with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

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8 comments:

~~louise~~ said...

Uh Oh, I have a confession. I've never actually cooked okra. There it's out in the open:) I'll save these ideas just in case...

Thanks for sharing, Mary Ann...

Anonymous said...

Here's another great Indian okra curry recipe from allrecipes.com: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Okra-Curry/Detail.aspx

Queen B. said...

I've never tried okra before...isn't that awful ?
But this is a great inspiration !

Joyce said...

I have never cooked Okra. Since I am the only person who eats it I tend to eat it out of the house. I am so bad:)
joyce

pinkstripes said...

It looks delicious. I should branch out and try okra too.

r u s s said...

You might want to try cooking Sinigang. It's a Filipino dish, a tamarind-based soup. It's similar Tom Yung. We sometimes put Okra in our Sinigang. I also sometimes see my mom steam it and she eats with a special sauce. She says it's good when one's on a diet. Bloghopping.Ü

Babette said...

Indian Okra...pan fried til it's crisp ..YUM.

Nancy/n.o.e said...

You didn't mention me in this post, but you did link to Kayte, haha. The power of Twitter! I have to try some of these okra recipes.