Monday, January 26, 2009

More vegetables for my dad

This one is really good and really easy. It's called Ladies' Fingers Curry (which apparently is what okra translates to in English from Sri Lanka and other places colonized by the English). This was my favorite dish of the night (and Zack's too).

1 Tbs coconut oil or sunflower oil
5 or 6 fresh or frozen curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 cup chopped shallots
2 green cayenne chilies, thinly sliced
1/2 pound okra, washed, trimmed, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup canned or fresh coconut milk

1. Heat a medium heavy pot over medium heat and add the oil. When it's hot, add the curry leaves.

2. Add the cumin, shallots and chilies, cook for one minute, stirring occasionally. Add the okra, turmeric, salt and water.

3. Cover and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, until the okra is just tender. Add the coconut milk, heat to almost a boil and serve.

It's really good. The okra still has a little bite and the coconut milk is sweet, but not too sweet. Really, the whole dish is great (especially for vegetarians). Just serve it with a little rice.

1 comment:

Meredith said...

Oh my gods, that looks fantastic. I love okra. I think I want to marry it.