Thursday, November 19, 2009

Spiced Okra with Tomatoes

Turmeric is definitely a spice that I have used more often now, because of my likes all around Indian food. Remember Spicy Green Beans, Spicy Green Beans with Carrots, Cabbage Curry and Curried Potato and Mushrooms? Love them with turmeric! And for Think Spice event, hosted at Bengali Cuisine in November, I have this easy tomato okra recipe that makes use of spices such as turmeric, cumin and black pepper. Turmeric.....AHhhhhhhhh...this spice has touted health benefits too.

Spiced Okra with Tomatoes
Ingredients: 3 gloves garlic, minced; 3 shallots, thinly sliced, 1 medium-sized tomato; okra, sliced into cubes; salt, to taste; 1/4 tsp of ground cumin; 1/4 tsp of turmeric; 1 tsp curry powder; ground black pepper, to taste

Directions: Heat 1tbsp of oil in a frying pan. Add garlic and shallots and saute till fragrant. Add tomatoes and okra, mix well; add cumin turmeric, curry powder, then some water, and allow it to simmer at low heat for 10-15 minutes. When mixture(okra) start to turn tender, add salt and black pepper to taste and continue to simmer till gravy is mostly absorbed into the okra. Serve with steamed rice.

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