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Okra- Lady’s Finger Thoran – Stir Fry With Coconut, Kerala Recipe

Okra or lady’s finger stir fried with coconut…

Kerala style vegetarian side dish, enjoyed with rice. This is one of the dishes I make often with okra or lady’s finger. A very simple & easy to make dish.

Okra- Lady's Finger Thoran - Stir Fry With Coconut, Kerala Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
  • Coconut Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Whole dried red chilies- 2
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Onion, chopped- 1
  • Okra or lady's finger- 15, cut into 1 inch rounds
  • Chili powder-1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Cumin powder- ½ tsp
  • Salt- 1½ tsp
  • Grated coconut- 1 cup
  1. Place a plan over medium heat, add oil.
  2. Let oil turn hot, add mustard seeds, let them splutter.
  3. Add dried red chilies & curry leaves.
  4. Add onion, seaosn with ½ tsp salt & saute till onions turn golden in color.
  5. Add okra or lady's finger, cut into 1 inch round slices; combine well.
  6. Cook covered for a few minutes till okra turns soft. If it's getting dry, add ¼ cup water & cook.
  7. When okra turns soft, add chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder & salt; combine well.
  8. Add grated coconut & stir fry over high heat till okra & coconut starts to turn golden brown.
  9. Remove the pan from the heat.
  10. Serve in a bowl & enjoy as a side dish with rice, chapati, etc.



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