Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Inside Hommes de Femmes' Kitchen

If you know me personally (or follow me on Instagram) you will have some idea about how much I love food. Over the years I have picked up a few traditional recipes from my mum (and other members of my family) and thought I'd share one with you! Today's recipe is for a curry made from Okra or Ladyfingers.

You can use fresh or frozen okra (I used frozen for this dish). If using fresh, top and tail the veg (trim off the ends) and cut into 1-2cm chunks. Put a teaspoon of olive oil in a pan and fry the okra for about 8 minutes. This is particularly effective when using fresh okra as it helps to reduce a little of the stickiness/goo which okra has and also softens the raw vegetables. After frying, remove the okra from the pan and leave to the side.

Thinly slice a medium/large onion, add half a tablespoon more olive oil to the same pan you fried the veg in. Fry the onions until translucent and lightly golden with a teaspoon of lazy garlic.

Time to spice this dish up! Add one and a half teaspoons of red chilli powder (adjust this depending on how spicy you want the dish to be)

A teaspoon of salt

A teaspoon of coriander powder

A quarter of a teaspoon of turmeric powder

And either a tin of chopped tomatoes or a large handful of fresh plum tomatoes.

This is the sauce and the base of your dish. Leave this to simmer on a low heat for about 5 minutes before adding the pre-fried okra back to your pan. Simmer on a medium heat for about 10 minutes, making sure to stir the pan regularly.

Et voila!

This was the first curry I ever learnt to make. You can add a little fresh coriander at the end to add a little more flavour to your dish and if you want to really spice things up, add fresh chillies! Serve with fluffy rice or naans/chappatis and plain yoghurt to cool the fire!

What was the first thing you learned to cook? 

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Numera x


  1. one word: NOMS!
    i looooove okra <3 <3

  2. Go girl! I love this dish it's yummy. well done looks fab xx

  3. Mmmm!! Looks good. Never made it with tomatoes! Will have to experiment!!

    FIrst thing I ever cooked was lamb with potato curry. Nomness lol xxx

  4. Ohh this looks so tantalising! I love okra dishes a lot!!

  5. Ooof I HEART OKRA!

    Udually rely on mother dearest to cook okra for me, haha! Going to try this recipe out sometime this week. :D xx

  6. Funnily enough this was the first dish my mother-in-law taught me how to cook. :)

  7. love cooking recipes :) Thanks for this one ive shared on my facebook page x

  8. Looks delish - I know I'd love this! xz