The Big O

No, not that one. Not Oprah either. It’s OKRA SEASON! One of my favorite mid-summer vegetables, Okra is best when it’s young and tender. The older pods tend to get hard and dry. I got some beautiful little morsels at the farmers market today:

I put them in some olive oil with chopped onions and garlic to saute

Then I added some juicy ripe Bradley tomatoes, roasted corn fresh from the cob and I threw in some black beans for protein

After adding ample amounts of cumin and chili powder, I left it alone on low heat so the flavors could really mingle and get to know one another.

It seems they really hit it off

I served on top of some chilled quinoa and it was DELICiOUS

For one second I thought of adding some hot sauce or cheese but I’m so glad I didn’t. The flavors were magnificent and fresh tasting. The okra tenderized nicely soaking in the cumin and tomato. Besides being probably the most adorable vegetable out there, Okra is packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Read more about this interesting, warm weather vegetable here


50 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. espirational
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 03:15:08

    Now that looks good. I’m definitely going to try this.


  2. ssrijana
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 03:27:52

    its my fav vegetable too i like the shallow fried version we here call it “bhindi” πŸ˜€


  3. lucille1989
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 03:31:11

    Sounds delicious! All of my endeavours with okra have resulted in very slimy, sad looking meals. I will persist!


  4. treadmarkz
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 03:33:41

    Never!…Ever!….put cheese on a perfect dish like that! πŸ™‚ Okay you already made the right decision so this is really a moot point, but I just wanted to stress the importance of that decision. Soy sauce, for me, tends to make that type of mix really special, but that’s me.


  5. Bunny Eats Design
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 03:34:16

    I’ve only tried okra once and it was wrapped in bacon at a Japanese restaurant. While it was delicious, I’m not sure I got the full effect. What does okra taste similar to? At the time I thought it was kind of like a piece of asparagus or courgette.


  6. Mikalee Byerman
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 04:12:08


    Okra, that is…


    Looks absolutely yummy.


  7. weninroam
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 04:20:26

    Love the title! Clever. Do you know why Okra taste gooey and slimey sometimes?


  8. Ammon
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 04:51:07

    Okra is usually a bit too slimy for my taste. My wife likes it pickled (it’s a Southern thing I guess), but the only way I’ll eat it is fried.


  9. fatimahblogs
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 06:49:57

    hehe, I just wrote an entry ‘the O word’ so it was funny seeing this πŸ™‚ I’m glad you’re enjoying Okra, I haven’t really been a big fan of it myself (because I’ve tried it in very poorly cooked dishes), but I’m starting to appreciate it when mum cooks it because mum cooks it really yummily! πŸ™‚


  10. annedesa
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 07:18:08

    If you add something sour to Okra vegetable, like few drops of lemon juice or dry mango powder or ‘kokum’ (Garcinia indica, which is probably found and used only in India) and shallow fry, the okra loses all its sliminess and you get lovely, crispy vegetable.

    For added flavour, if you add just a little sugar for taste and caramelize the Okra together with all the other spices and onions, you’ll get an Okra dish that is sure to get an encore!


  11. prettylittleliarsstylista
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 08:07:18

    Cook meat, add palm oil, onions, pepper, spinach then add cut okra to the pot, add seasoning to taste and let it simmer. Eat with rice…NOW THAT’S HOW YOU DO IT…Do not under any circumstances eat cheese wih okra..cheese…really!?!!


  12. cartoonmick
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 08:52:06

    That looks tasty and very simple. It’s on my list for when I’m next loose in the kitchen.


  13. Vayudev (Pawan Koli)
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 09:01:29

    looks good, how much time will take to cook?


  14. Becks
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 09:09:43

    I’ve never had okra, but this recipe has encouraged me to try it! I’ll keep my eye out for fresh young okra at the farmer’s market.


  15. siba sahu
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 09:55:02

    Ohhh Indian Bhindi Fry.


  16. Apples and Oud
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 10:54:55

    oooo , i just love Okra, and this looks so simple and satisfying.


  17. Alyssa
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 11:09:30

    Lookin’ so yummie, even though I am not a big fan of okra. πŸ™‚

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  18. ferlyn rivera
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 11:14:01

    im empress πŸ™‚


  19. Curt Heuer
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 12:34:12

    Sounds great. We had a similar – okra, zucchini and tomato – saute served over Polenta last evening – yummy. I like your addition of corn and beans to make a full meal of it. Thanks for sharing.


  20. jremes84
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 12:55:11

    Okra is amazing. Lots of unsaturated fats, high fiber, and vitamin C. And it tastes quite amazing. =)


  21. home, garden, life
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 13:12:29

    My “O’s” refuse to get taller than 24″ this year–last year they were 7′ tall. Needless to say I morn those tasty, tender bits. Alas, I must purchase them from the farmer’s market. Nice recipe. Check out my blog/world!


  22. Ali
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 13:42:42

    The first time I bought okra at a roadside stand, I was picking out all these big long things. The farmer came along and just laughed at me. Fortunately, he TAUGHT me to choose the shorter ones. In okra, size does matter! πŸ™‚


  23. Katie Raspberry
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 13:59:17


  24. okelliott
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 14:08:06

    for folks with slime probs: another thing that keeps it from getting slimy is cooking it with REALLY HIGH heat. (needs hot weather to grow, needs hot heat to cook) that’s why fried okra is so good… the hot oil is hotter than most folks sautee. You can sautee it set on high or cook it on a hot charcoal grill and it’s not slimy.


  25. thepreschoolchronicles
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 14:10:29

    That looks delicious!


  26. Eggton
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 14:12:49

    It’s hilarious that everyone is beating you up about the cheese thing even though you didn’t do it. Ha! Lovely recipe you have here.


  27. Kenneth Mark Hoover
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:29:49

    I love okra, haha. It brings back fond memories of when I was growing up in south Louisiana. Down there okra has a lot of uses in many different recipes as you know. Thanks for your post and bringing back such fond memories! πŸ™‚


  28. big house, little prairie
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:57:27

    Having lived down south for awhile, I grew to love and appreciate okra. Looks yummy!


  29. Washington, DC
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 16:29:16

    One of my all time favorites! Was thinking how much I needed to make okra weeks ago…thank you for this. You’ve inspired me!


  30. hipfoodiemom
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 17:14:23

    Love the title! LOL!


  31. hipfoodiemom
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 17:15:09

    Recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!


  32. mylifeisthebestlife
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 17:20:53

    I’ve enjoyed EATING okra but I’ve never actually prepared it. Maybe it’s time to start.


  33. shermangerherd
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 17:25:01

    YUM! Pasted this on to the Cook. I hope she takes the hint, otherwise, it’s back to the cookstove.


  34. Athena
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 17:59:15

    Ooooh man, that sounds good. I love okra!


  35. Rosie Roome
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 18:09:31

    Have you ever tried to juice Okra? I’m doing a three-day juicing challenge and wondered if I could use some.


  36. Adrienne
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 21:47:21

    Thank goodness you were freshly pressed! I’ve had okra in my fridge for a week now and didn’t know how to prepare it or eat it until reading your post! Thank you. πŸ™‚


  37. de
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 21:55:05

    oh my looks delicious! two of my favs… okra and quinoa! never thought to pair them together but will definitely try now!


  38. A Table in the Sun
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 23:55:57

    I’m not a big okra fan since it tends to bolt quickly in our California sun…..but I do think your recipe would be very tasty with tender young shoots. Hooray for real food!


  39. hajayseabreeze
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 00:09:17

    I love the taste of okra it one of my favorite but i heard its not hygenic for man but am not sure about this pls can anyone explain more to me about that motion


  40. ajeshthelastword
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 21:21:25

    My favourite vegetable! I fry it with onions, salt, chillies and garam masala. Yumm!


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