Beyond Curry: Dry, Spiced Ladyfingers (Okra)
Okra, sometimes called lady's fingers, are hated by many because of their slimy texture. But this recipe, does away with that and brings out the mellow flavor of the vegetable and the subtle heat of the spices.
It's a fabulous way to introduce okra that will have people of all ages asking for seconds.
The trick to removing their sliminess is simple: add a squirt of fresh lemon juice while you're cooking it. In addition to magically making the slime disappear, it adds a subtle twist of flavor that brings out the heat of the spice and the mellowness of the vegetable. This dish is best served with steamed rice and daal tadka. It's wonderful vegetarian comfort food.
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About the author: Denise Dsilva Sankhe is a writer & creative director by profession. But that's only when she isn't eating her way across India. She recreates this delicious cuisine in her Mumbai home, which she shares with her newly-married husband, who has long since given up his determination to have salads for dinner.