- 10 ounces frozen chopped okra, thawed or fresh if you can find it
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 serrano chilies, cut and split in half
- 1 large onion, sliced thin
- 2 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice or 1 teaspoon aamchoor
Line a large plate with a sheet of paper towel. Place the okra in one layer and microwave for 3 minutes. The reason for this step is to remove the wet slimy texture frozen okra has.
In a cast iron or non-stick frying pan heat the olive oil. Add the onions, serrano chilies and sauté over high heat. Add the okra. Stir constantly careful not to burn but brown evenly. Once the okra and the onions are dark brown and well sautéed, add the salt, turmeric, garam masala and cayenne pepper. Take off heat and add the lemon juice. Adjust seasoning and serve.
This is a very quick and yummy side dish. I had leftover potatoes- perfect for thanksgiving time- everyone has leftover potatoes. I love when I am able to come up with something completely different with a leftover ingredient. I happen to have baby spinach in my fridge as well- although frozen spinach can be used as well. This is one of those pantry dishes I love making- there are not that many ingredients in this dish. One ingredient that may not be as readily available is aamchoor. It is essentially powdered dried mango- it had a great tang to it. If you can’t find it, lemon juice can be substituted instead. Although the aamchoor flavor is quite distinctive.
As I mentioned above, this would be a great dish to make after thanksgiving. It would also be a great side dish for the turkey dinner. In fact this will be perfect with any meat entree through the week- since it is so quick and easy to make.
I will be cooking and keeping an eye out for recipes from now till Thanksgiving- to give you ideas for the big turkey dinner. Did I mention it’s my favorite time of year? It really is- I start by collecting all my favorite cooking magazines for November and coming up with a menu for the big dinner. As I do that, I will share it with you all and would love if you would do the same. I would love to know what you all cook and love about Thanksgiving.