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Okra with Thai yellow curry

Last weekend at the market I saw a basket with okra fruit, and it got my attention. I noticed that only foreign people bought this, so I became even more interested. Okra looks like and tastes a bit like zucchini, but different! The plant originally comes from Ethiopia, but nowadays is grown in most warm tropical countries. In most western countries it is quite unknown, although it is sold at markets or Asian shops. 

After some research on the Internet I came up with the following recipe: okra with Thai yellow curry. It is a spicy dish, because of the curry and chilies. If you want a less spicy version, you can add some cream or milk, or just leave the chilies out.

Okra met curryOkra is a popular health food due to its high fiber, vitamin C, and folate content. Okra is also known for being high in antioxidants. Okra is also a good source of calcium and potassium. (Wikipedia)

Okra met curryIngredients:

  • Okra fruit (300 gram)
  • Garlic (3 cloves)
  • Thai yellow curry paste (2 tablespoons)
  • Union (1)
  • Coconut milk (a small can of 200ml)
  • Fresh chilies (green and/or red, 2 or more)
  • Water (5dl)
Okra met curryPreparation:

  1. Carefully wash the okra fruit and cut them in pieces of about 2 cm
  2. Cut the union in rough slices (see photo) and chop the garlic as small as possible, and cut the fresh chilies
  3. Heat oil in a pan or wok and fry the unions on low fire. After that add he garlic, chili and curry paste. Stir fry on medium fire, 1 minute, until everything is mixed well
  4. Then ad the coconut cream, the water and okra, and stir fry on high fire 3 more minutes

Serve with white rice
It’s as easy as that!

Tip: only buy fresh okra, and keep in mind that it stays fresh only a few days in the fridge. The fruit should feel hard and tough, if soft then don’t use it!

Tip: when cooking, some ‘goo’ will come from the okra. This is nothing to be worried about, but if you really don’t like it then add a few drops of lemon juice.