Friday, July 25, 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.

PEAS? RADISH? OKRA?

[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..:)

Ingredients:

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

Preparation:

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!

Enjoi.

signing off for now,
Siri

16 comments :

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

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

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  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 :)

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

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

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  6. thats a great dish da...

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

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

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

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  10. Fearless KitchenJuly 26, 2008 at 9:18 PM

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

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  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!

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  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

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

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  14. hey what happened to my comment!!!

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

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  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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