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Okra Curry Recipe

Okra is a popular fruit here in the USA, enjoyed in Southern cuisine, especially in Louisianna. It is traditionally enjoyed in gumbo, stews, and fried.

I enjoyed okra in soups, steamed with fish, steamed with callaloo, while I was growing up in Jamaica. Okra is actually a fruit of the mallow species of plants, it is a cousin to hibiscus. It is prepared as a vegetable.

My okra curry is based on Jamaican flavors, the results were incredible. I served it with boiled yellow yam, Callaloo and my family loved it. 

Okra trimmed in a white bowl

How To Get Rid Of Okra Slime?

It is believed that cooking okra quickly will get rid of its slime, that is the reason why most people love okra fried, grilled, or roasted. 

Okra Curry Ingredients

  • Okra – sold in most major supermarkets, make sure to get ones that are bright green without lots of blemishes.
  • Vegetable oil – I used grapeseed oil
  • Onion – added for flavor, I used yellow onion but white or red is fine.
  • Garlic – I used fresh garlic for flavor.
  • Ginger – freshly grated ginger gives the best flavor. 
  • Thyme – I used fresh thyme but you can substitute with 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of dried.
  • Tomato – Roma tomato is great.
  • Curry Powder – I love to make my own curry powder or use a blend of Chief and Betapac brand. 
  • Allspice – added for flavor. 
  • Scotch Bonnet Pepper – great to flavor your curry without the heat especially if you add it whole. You can substitute with 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  • Coconut Milk – canned coconut is a great substitute when fresh isn’t available.
  • Water 
  • Salt – add salt to taste. 

Sauteed veggies in a large blue pot being stirred with a blue spoon

How To Make Okra Curry Recipe?

  1. Place okra in a colander and rinse under cold running water.
  2. Cut off the stems of the okra using a sharp knife. set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-oil heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, thyme, and cook stirring until onion is soft about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in tomato and cook for one minute.
  5. Add curry powder, allspice, Scotch bonnet pepper, and stir. Cook for a minute. 
  6. Add okra and stir to coat seasonings.
  7. Stir in coconut milk, water, and salt to taste. Bring the curry to a boil
  8. Cook for about 10 minutes or until okra is tender.
  9. Check the seasoning and add extra salt if necessary.
  10. Delicious served with rice or quinoa.

sauteed okra with onion, garlic, ginger, tomato in a large blue pot with a blue spoon

Other Vegan Curry Recipes To Prepare

  1. Jamaican Spicy Curry Potato
  2. Curry Cabbage
  3. Butternut Squash Coconut Curry
  4. Vegan Curry ‘Chicken’
  5. Jamaican Style Chickpea Curry

serving spoon holding okra curry over a large blue pot

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Okra curry recipe in a large pot garnished with thyme, pepper and a blue serving spoon on a grey background

Okra Curry Recipe

This Okra Curry Recipe is so flavorful and easy to prepare,  ready in only 20 minutes. Okra or ladyfingers cooked in a seasoned coconut curry sauce. Okra curry is delicious served with rice or quinoa. 
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Entrée, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: okra curry
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 135kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces okra
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil I used coconut oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 small tomato chopped
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet pepper or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup coconut milk fresh or canned
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt or season to taste

Instructions

  • Place okra in a colander and rinse under cold running water.
  • Cut off the stems of the okra using a sharp knife. set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-oil heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, thyme, and cook stirring until onion is soft about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato and cook for one minute.
  • Add curry powder, allspice, Scotch bonnet pepper, and stir. Cook for a minute.
  • Add okra and stir to coat seasonings.
  • Stir in coconut milk, water, and salt to taste. Bring the curry to a boil
  • Cook for about 10 minutes or until okra is tender.
  • Check the seasoning and add extra salt if necessary. Delicious served with rice or quinoa.

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 629IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg