Okra is slimy! That’s the usual objection to eating okra, the texture more than the flavor. While that texture can be an asset in some dishes (like gumbo), we don’t necessarily need or want it in other contexts. The easiest way to transform okra from slimy to crispy would be to fry it. But if eating healthier is a concern (as it should be) then there’s an easy alternative to frying. This Indian Spice baked okra recipe is a delicious and easy way to use up all that okra in your Summer garden.
As with most other Indian inspired dishes (hello, curry!) this okra recipe begins with spices, a mixture of whole and ground spices. For this dish I used ground mustard, amchoor, whole fennel, whole kala jeera and coarsely ground cardamom. Simply add all of the spices to a small bowl and mix well.
Slice the fresh okra on a bias, removing the ends. You want them as long and thin as you can get them. This helps them crisp up.
Grate frozen ginger onto the sliced okra with a micro-planer.
Add the olive oil and the spice mixture.
Add the chopped garlic then mix well, coating all of the okra well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Lay out on a baking sheet. Elevate it from the cooking sheet using a wire drying rack like this, if you can. When the air circulates underneath it helps crisp up the okra.
Bake for at least 30 minutes at 450 degrees. You may need to take the okra out about halfway through and turn everything over. Otherwise you’ll end up with less than crisp okra. Not a disaster, but not quite what we’re going for here.
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon ground amchoor (dried and ground green mango)
- 1/2 teaspoon whole fennel
- 1/2 teaspoon kala jeera
- 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground cardamom
- salt and pepper to taste (use the salt sparingly)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups thinly sliced okra, cut on a bias
- 1 tablespoon grated frozen ginger
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
The aroma as this comes out of the oven will almost knock you over. The spices become very aromatic as the okra bakes, perfuming the whole kitchen. It’s best to eat these warm.
Let me know if you try this Indian Spice baked okra recipe, and what you think. What other vegetables could you bake like this? If you like this okra recipe, you might check out my okra and green pepper socca recipe here.