Four seed-spiced okra with tomatoes

Four seed-spiced okra with tomatoes

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From
I Love India
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Martin Poole

I love okra – it is such a great vegetable, not too watery, not too starchy, not too metallic and really good for you. I have never found it “gluey” when cooked properly, despite its unfair reputation. There are so many ways to cook it, but I do love it in this aachari bhindi, and it is really easy to cook. These spices and simple sweet, tart flavours add masses of flavour to a simple vegetable. It is a slightly tangy recipe and works well with any meat, chicken, fish or lentil dish.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon nigella seeds
3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
3/4 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
3 small onions, finely chopped
1-3 indian green finger chillies, stalks removed, pierced with a knife
400g okra, stalks sliced off
4 tomatoes, chopped
salt
3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoons ground coriander
1/2-3/4 teaspoon dried mango powder, (amchur), or to taste
handful chopped coriander, to serve

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick sauté pan over a medium heat. Add the seeds and, once they are popping, add the onions and green chillies and cook until the onions are browned on the edges and soft.
  2. Add the okra, tomatoes, seasoning and remaining ground spices and stir to mix well. Cover and cook for 10–12 minutes or until the okra is soft and cooked through, giving the pan a stir every few minutes.
  3. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more dried mango powder if you would like it a bit more tart, then add the coriander and serve.
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