As a kid I was not fond of okra (lady finger). This could be because of its slimy texture. I don’t remember exactly how and when, but over the years I started liking it as a vegetable. I started searching recipes to cook okra in various ways. Okra is a wonderful vegetable when you cook it right and there are many recipes to cook it. Stuffed okra is a common method to cook okra in India and the recipe makes perfectly cooked okra without slime. I found beautiful baby okra at the farmer’s market this year and decided to make stuffed okra.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb okra
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 4 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 4 tablespoons almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons SpiceMiss garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing) – optional
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt per taste

Steps:

  • Wash the okra pods and pat them completely dry. Then trim the top and bottom off. Make a slit in the middle of each okra creating a pocket to stuff the stuffing. Do not split okra in half.
  • To make the stuffing, combine together the flours, spices, salt, and sugar. Add the lemon juice and cilantro in the flour mixture.
  • After combining all the ingredients, taste the stuffing and adjust the seasonings accordingly.
  • Fill the stuffing carefully in each okra slit.
  • After the okras are stuffed, heat a pan on medium heat. Add the oil to the pan.
  • Arrange the stuffed okra in the hot pan, sprinkle a pinch of salt and cook them uncovered for 8 to 10 minutes depending on their size. Turn them in between so they will cook from all sides.
  • Serve hot okra as a side dish or with naan.
Mix all the ingredients to make stuffing
After adding the lemon juice

Stuff the okra

arrange the okra in the pan

Stuffed okra

Cooked okra

A cook’s note:

There are other variations to make stuffing. See below a couple suggestions

  • You can use ground peanut instead of almond flour.
  • Use sautéd onion+tomato+bread crumbs mixture to stuff okra.