Sauteed Okra and Onion


Okra is one of my least favorite green vegetable. I hate the slimy part the most.. bleh!!! I wonder why all the vegetables which are on my ‘Don’t Like Vegetable’ list are good source of vitamins and iron. And because of all these goodies, Ma used to make us eat Okra almost every other day, sometime even boiled… yuck!! And guess what? One of my cousin loves to eat raw vegetables, including Okra. I have no clue as to what kind of taste bud she has? 😀


Anyways, time for little gyan on Okra: Okra probably originated somewhere around Ethiopia, and was cultivated by the ancient Egyptians by the 12th century B.C. You should not eat the matured ones, as they taste like a piece of wood (that’s my version). Mature okra is used to make rope and paper! Pick young, tender but firm pods, you should be able to snap them easily.


Arvind has this favorite Okra dish which is cooked in a particular way and I spoiled it a couple of times. However, it was a hit today and to my surprise, I liked it too! 🙂 It was a very simple dish and I was not sure if I should really share it in my blog. Then, I came across the 10 with 5 Challenge where you have to cook 10 recipes using no more than 5 ingredients each (excluding salt, pepper)


I am also sharing this dish with Tasty Tuesday Parade of Foods, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, 2/1/11, Tuesdays At The Table,Tempt My Tummy Tuesday


Recipe 1 : for ‘ The 10 with 5 Challenge’


Sauteed Okra and Onion


  • 1/2 pound fresh young okra
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon chilly powder
  • 3 cloves garlic.
  • salt and oil


  1. Wash the Okra and dry them using a paper towel.
  2. Slit them in long strips. I made 4 strips out of 1 Okra.
  3. Cut the onion in think slices.
  4. Finely chop the garlic.
  5. In a pan, heat about 2 tbs oil.
  6. Add the garlic and saute for a while.
  7. Add the onion and salt and saute for about 5 minutes until they are soft.
  8. Add the Okras and the chilly powder and keep sauteing till it's soft and tender. Do not add any water, but eventually it may start sticking to the pan, so you have keep sauteing in low heat.
  9. Serve it hot.
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  • Priya
    February 2, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Such a delicious and quick sauteed okras..loving it..

  • Priyanka
    February 2, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    Looks beautiful sis……

  • Priya Sreeram
    Priya Sreeram
    February 2, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    tht’s yumm looking and all from 5 ingredients—u go gal !

  • Food Frenzy
    Food Frenzy
    February 2, 2011 at 3:42 AM

    I am a big fan of Okra. Thanks for the sharing the quick recipe. Wonderful to have different ways to prepare it.

  • Rich
    February 2, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    I love, love, love okra! But you’re right … not boiled. This looks like a great version, and I’m going to give it a try this summer during okra season!

  • Sandra
    February 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    This is so easy yet so beautiful and healthy! Love the photo!!

  • Anu
    February 2, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Will also try your recipe.. Thanks for sharing !!

  • yummychunklet
    February 2, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    I absolutely love anything with okra. Yum!

  • Chaya
    February 6, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    I have never had okra and want to try it. Thanks for a recipe to use it with and for linking this to My Meatless Mondays.

  • zenobia
    February 8, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Love bhindi! Yours looks particularly easy to make

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