This is a quick variation of an Indian okra dish that my mother used to make. My 3 year old daughter simply loves this dish. It can be spiced up to suit your palate...Serve with Indian rotis or pita and plain yogurt for a quick nutritious meal. If amchoor (dried mango powder) is not available, substitute 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, and cook mustard seed until it begins to crackle. Mix in asafoetida. Reduce heat to low, and mix in onion, garlic, cumin seed, and turmeric. Cook and stir until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.

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  • Stir tomato and okra into the mixture. Gradually mix in chili powder, amchoor, and salt. Cook and stir about 10 minutes, until okra is tender but firm.

Nutrition Facts

146 calories; protein 1.8g 4% DV; carbohydrates 8.6g 3% DV; fat 12.5g 19% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 6.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2003
This is a great dish. The Indian spices were just right -- definitely not what I would call spicy-hot just good and flavorful. The dish is not so exotic that not-so-adventurous palates wouldn't like the dish. I really liked the onion and tomato combination with the okra. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2007
This dish was extremely bland to my taste. I am American but I cook only Indian food for myself and my Indian fiance. We are used to spices- not terribly hot chili spice (he's actually very sensitive to chilis) but just lots of cumin coriander turmeric ginger etc. But when I made this recipe even though I added twice the stated amounts of each spice (as Manisha said the spices could be increased and I knew the amounts were very small for our tastes) AND I added chopped fresh coriander it was still disappointingly bland. I also used about 1/2 of the recommended oil. I gave the recipe 2 stars because it still has some of the basic ingredients for a good okra dish and it may be good in a pinch (when you're not in the mood to chop/measure out a bunch of ingredients). Read More
(12)
19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2003
This is a great dish. The Indian spices were just right -- definitely not what I would call spicy-hot just good and flavorful. The dish is not so exotic that not-so-adventurous palates wouldn't like the dish. I really liked the onion and tomato combination with the okra. Read More
(12)
Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2007
This dish was extremely bland to my taste. I am American but I cook only Indian food for myself and my Indian fiance. We are used to spices- not terribly hot chili spice (he's actually very sensitive to chilis) but just lots of cumin coriander turmeric ginger etc. But when I made this recipe even though I added twice the stated amounts of each spice (as Manisha said the spices could be increased and I knew the amounts were very small for our tastes) AND I added chopped fresh coriander it was still disappointingly bland. I also used about 1/2 of the recommended oil. I gave the recipe 2 stars because it still has some of the basic ingredients for a good okra dish and it may be good in a pinch (when you're not in the mood to chop/measure out a bunch of ingredients). Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2004
I've made this several times without the asafoedita and it's always tasted great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/11/2004
I decreased the oil to 2 Tbsp and used fresh okra and it was delicious and easy! I also used cayenne pepper instead of chili powder. It's well flavored but not too spicy. If you really want the burn add more spices or peppers---I'll do this next time I make it. Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
02/25/2007
This is a decent okra dish but it's not a very good Indian okra dish. I doubled the spices and added half of a jalapeno and it still seemed to be missing something so I added coriander and fresh ginger and I topped it with chopped cilantro. Nope still missing something. I love the okra at our favorite Indian restaurant and although I didn't expect this to taste like that I expected more flavor. Thanks anyway. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2009
I make this recipe frequently. Indian food is not always supposed to be spicey and the amount of spices is just right. Wonderful easy recipe to make. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/15/2009
I give this one 2 stars but due to operator error:) I love okra but don't cook it very often so mine turned out really stringy. Guess those special spices are pretty important too; I had to eliminate a couple and the resulting flavor was not what I expected. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/10/2009
I'm sorry but I did not care for this recipe at all. Please learn from my mistake and save yourself the trouble. This was so bland; I more than doubled the spices and still it didn't taste flavorful at all. In fact it tasted pretty bad (before and after adding more spices). I tried to fix it up but really this recipe isn't even worth experimenting with. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/22/2006
This was a pleasant surprise. The favors blended well for me. I didn't have a couple of the spices but it still worked. Read More
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