Curried Okra (or Binda Jo Saak as we call it), is one of Brett’s favourite Indian dishes. Its full of flavour and goes great with roti. I try to make a veggie dish at least once a week, and this is definitely one of my go to meat free recipes. And an added bonus is that my recipe doesn’t even require much prep if you buy the okra frozen instead of fresh. Honestly I’ve had it both ways and you can’t tell the difference.
Okra is a super nutritious green vegetable that looks kind of like a finger… which is probably why its also called lady’s finger. It is packed with vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. Its also a great source of mucilage which aides in digestion and helps with constipation… so if you’re backed up then this is the dish for you!
Most large grocery stores will sell okra fresh, but if you don’t like to waste time then you are better off buying it frozen, because it can be a pain in the you know what to clean and slice okra correctly. In Canada I know for certain that you can buy frozen okra from Superstore (Loblaws), but you can probably get it at most ethnic stores as well.
When you cook up the okra, the most time consuming part is pan frying it in some oil. It can take half an hour and though you may be temped, try to not stir the okra too much as it breaks apart very easily. Just keep an eye on it and sit back and relax for the most part.
I know this recipe can seem intimidating and you may be unsure if you really like Okra that much that you would want to make it your main dish. But I promise you won’t be disappointed if you try this recipe.
Curried okra can be eaten on its own as a side dish or served with Roti. I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Please leave a comment as I would love to hear from you.