Monday, February 8, 2010
I like the name ladies fingers better than okra.It rightly describes the delicate yet enduring feminine nature that's so eminent in the wonder vegetable.The stir fried ladies finger is the one the most tasty side dish with warm roti that mom used to make for breakfast.For some reason I still could not replicate the taste of mom's stir-fry,could be the quality of the vegetable here,usually over grown and not so juicy as the ones I tasted back home.
This baked okra fries is perfect with the fresh large size Okra that is more common here.The warm fries with hot cuppa chai is a promising combo snack sure to brighten the dull cold evenings.
Recipe : Baked Spicy Lady's fingers(Okra) Fries
1/2 pound Fresh Okra
1/2 teaspoon hot chili powder
1/4 teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander
Pinch of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 teaspoon Canola oil or extra virgin olive oil
Rinse the okra in cold water and pat dry with a kitchen towel or allow to air dry for an hour.Cut off the top and cut each Okra in 4 strips.Transfer in a large mixing bowl and combine with all the spices ,oil and salt.
Preheat Oven to 375F.Lay the okra on a baking sheet,spread evenly and prevent any overlapping.Keep a close eye on them,as these can burn easily.Bake for 8-10 minutes until crisp.Serve warm with hot Cuppa chai.