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Okra Stir Fry with Mu-Err Mushroom

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I had some okra which I needed to use, but I wasn’t in the mood for anything complicated. After thinking of what ingredients I had on hand, I decided to make okra stir fry.

I decided this dish did not call for viscous okra. It’s common to add an acid like lemon juice, tamarind, tomato, or mango powder to reduce okra’s natural sliminess, or to add baking soda to accentuate it. Rice vinegar seemed like the choice of acid for a stir fry.

I started with putting some seasoning – ginger, garlic, chili (fresh and dried), star anise and cassia – in a bowl. I also chopped some spring onion. In another bowl I put rehydrated black fungus (mu-err) and chopped okra.

I heated oil in a wok, then poured most of it over the spices. I put the okra and fungus in the hot, oiled wok. Normally rice vinegar would be added later, but I decided to add it quickly, to prevent the okra from gumming up the wok.

When the vegetables were cooked, I added soy sauce and mirin, along with the spring onions and the seasoned oil.

I served it sprinkled with sesame seeds, over rice.

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Okra with Tamarind and Coconut

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I cooked this okra with tamarind juice and coconut and seasoned it with vathal pulikulambu powder which a friend brought me from Tamil Nadu.

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There can never be too many different ways to prepare okra.

Creole Okra

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I worked off of this recipe but used fresh okra and fresh tomatoes.

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Rajasthani Stuffed Okra

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Here’s the recipe.

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Peanut Stew with Okra and Aubergine/Eggplant

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I made peanut stew with okra and aubergine/eggplant.

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Blue Cheese-Pesto Pasta with Okra

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Origin

I used this recipe as my starting point.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 10 okra
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 100 grams pasta (uncooked weight)
  • 50 grams blue cheese (I used Cashel Blue)
  • 2 teaspoons pesto
  • salt to taste

Process

Bring water to boil for the pasta. While it is heating, wash the okra and trim off the ends, then slice them in half lengthwise. Heat a frying pan on medium and lightly brush it with oil.

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. While the pasta is cooking, pan-fry the okra. Cook for 2 minutes on high, cut side down, then reduce the heat to medium and cook for an additional four minutes before turning them over. Cook an additional 4 minutes at medium heat, then add the lemon juice and toss to mix.

Drain the pasta and return it to the pan. Add the blue cheese and stir until it has melted. Add the pesto and okra to the pasta and stir well, then salt to taste.

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Serves 1.