July 24, 2008

Okra cooked in Australian Manner

When Rachna chose 'Edible Flowers' as her theme for this month's Jihva, (originally initiated by Indira of Mahanandi ) I was both skeptical and unsure about what and how to cook with them. I must say, was quite surprised to see quite a number of my favorite veggies, who bear flowers too are in her 'Edible flowers' list.


[EDIT]: No No, Okra is NOT an edible flower, its a veggie. The fact is the Okra plant also bears flowers, which are Edible. So, this is not a valid entry for JFI, as I was supposed to cook with 'Okra Flower'...:) Thanks Rachna for correcting me.

I chose to whip up with my favorite vegetable - OKRA! not the usual deep fry or stew.. I was searching for something different - flavors which I have never experimented with!

One lazy evening, I was just browsing through the Bible of Vegetarian cooking (atleast for me, it is a BIBLE!...and absolutely love the list.) - Madhur Jaffrey's 'World Vegetarian' and quickly looked through the vegetable section....for some ideas!

'Okra cooked in an Australian manner' - that sounds interesting and it immediately caught my eye and was quite impressed and happy with its motley of flavors !

Psst..Psst.. I tweaked the recipe a bit - to suit my taste buds and going with the little time I had on hand..:)


1 packet of Frozen Okra. (I am lazy! so went for the frozen one. You could use fresh ones too.)
Salt to taste
1/8 cup Soya Sauce (You could reduce or increase the amount as per ur taste)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Cumin seeds
2 whole Red Chillies
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper


To reduce the gooey substance from the frozen Okra, I baked them at 300 deg for about 10 mins.

Heat oil in a wok, add in cumin seeds and red chillies. Then add cut Okra and cook for about 7-8 minutes.

Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Mix in the soya sauce at the end and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes. Make sure the okra is cooked before you add the soya sauce.

Serve warm with hot rice.

I am a basically a 'rice-person' (rather than a 'roti-person').

You could serve this curry with roti too!


signing off for now,


  1. Soya sauce and Okra..A unique combo Siri..

  2. hmmmm...I didn't knw abt this Aussi style Okra:)eventhough I live in Australia since 4 years;)
    Good and diff recipe.

  3. okra is an edible flower?! wow didnt know that either! though we are compulsive okra haters, i just might give ur recipe a try :)

  4. thats really unusual - didn't know aussies used soy sauce in their cooking. nice to have you back, siri! hugs!

  5. Looks yummy. Iam defenetly going to try this out.

  6. thats a great dish da...

  7. australian styles sounds delicious Sri!! but it sure looks indian! ;-)

  8. australian okra! with soya sauce no less. thanks for an unusual twist on okra!

  9. All I want now is some dhal and rice and pickle and all your okra would be gone! :D

  10. This looks great. I usually use frozen okra too - it seems to come out less slimy.

  11. Siri me too - i can kill for rice , id just mix everything with the okra , set it aside for 10 min and microwave for another 10 , crispy chips are ready!

  12. Hola dahling.

    Woot woot me is back and happy to see that your new kitchen is bustling :o) I shall be visiting you soon...stay posted for an email :o) muaaah. lovely dish dear

  13. I love okra preparations that are dry. This one with soya suace looks good. Shall try it out.

  14. hey what happened to my comment!!!

  15. Sounds good! I am bhindi lover myself and love trying out different bhindi options. soya sauce must make it taste different.

  16. Okra with soya sauce sounds delicious and new combo......I am okra lover and can eat okra cooked any way....


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