Ladyfingers (also know as Okra and Bandakka) Stir-fry
Let me start off by saying that I am so proud of this Ladyfingers Stir-fry dish; I managed to convert the lady finger hater (my husband) into a lover of ladyfingers, he even finished off the leftovers without telling me or offering me any, this rarely happens unless he really like a dish. When I told his mum this, she laughed at me like I was going crazy too. If you know my husband, you know how picky he is about his vegetables.
So, I am hoping I can convert you too, if you are not a lover of lady finger and if you are, I hope you enjoy this version.
Health benefits of ladyfingers:
- Ladyfingers have many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, B, C and calcium that are beneficial for our health.
- It is also high in fibre which is great for your bowl. I remember my mother in law making me lady finger curry soon after the birth of my kids, especially for its high fibre content. If you have gone through the process of birth, you know very well, it takes couple of days for the body to resume its normal function soon after the birth.
- If you are pregnant, you should consider including this in your diet as it contains folic acid, which helps prevent birth defect from spina bifida. You can read how it helps with other health issues, by clicking this link.
Texture of ladyfingers:
The smaller and younger pods offer better taste and texture while the matured ones are often unpleasantly chewy and stringy. The texture can be interestingly smooth yet somehow crunchy in texture. Raw Ladyfingers can be slightly sticky and gooey when you cut into them but once cooked properly they will dry out. So don’t get put off by the gooeyness.
Ok, lets start cooking this healthy green looking fingers.
Instruction on hot to cook the Ladyfingers Stir-fry:
Wash and cut the ladyfingers diagonally. Don’t ask me why specifically diagonal, there is no reason except, this is how everyone around me seem to cut them.
Get the oil nice and hot in a frying pan and fry the mustard seeds, cumin and the curry leaves very quickly in the oil for about 30 seconds on a medium heat.
Add the onions into the pan and sauté for about 4 minutes until onions become translucent.
Add the chopped lady finger to the pan.
Also add garlic and the green chillies to the pan along with turmeric, garlic, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt.
Stir-fry for about 5 minutes.
Add chopped tomatoes to the pan.
And stir fry for further 5 minutes.
The ladyfingers should be cooked by now. Taste for seasoning.
Once the lady fingers are cooked, the gooey or the slimy consistency from the raw lady fingers will be replaced with dry consistency with delicious flavour.
Serve this dish with fluffy rice for a satisfying meal.
Lady Finger (Okra) Stir-fry
A Sri Lankan vegetarian dish that is packed full of health benefits
- 1 1/2 Onion chopped
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- Curry leaves
- 3 green chilli
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 cumin powder
- 1/2 coriander powder
- About 15 cherry tomatoes or 2 medium size tomatoes
- 2 tbsp Rapeseed oil
- 300 g Ladyfingers washed and chopped diagonally
Get the oil hot in a frying pan
Fry the mustard seeds, cumin and the curry leaves very quickly in the oil for about 30 seconds on a medium heat
Add the onions into the pan and sauté for about 4 minutes until onions become translucent
Add the chopped lady finger, garlic and the green chillies to the pan along with turmeric, garlic, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt.
Stir-fry for about 5 minutes.
Add chopped tomatoes to the pan and stir fry for further 5 minutes.
The lady fingers should be nicely cooked.
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