Okra Fingers

Okra is my favourite vegetable. When I was new to UK, I was too sad that okra isn’t that abundantly available like how it is back home in India.

Okra is available once in a while in tesco and when I see it, I immediately buy it. That said, my daughter hates okra. I tried all possible ways to serve okra, including chopping it into very fine pieces and frying. All the times, she used to keep okra out of her sight by throwing it below the high chair and then ate the rice or roti I served it with.

I had a packet of okra that was about to rot so I quickly used it last evening to make stuffed okra sabzi and roti for dinner. This time she threw the roti and had just okra for dinner. Two takeaways from this:

  1. Tara loves crispy stuffed okra fingers
  2. Never give up on serving veggies. One fine day, kids will definitely start eating the vegetable that they hated !


  1. 250 gms okra
  2. 3 tbsp of ground coriander
  3. 3 tbsp ground cumin
  4. 3 tbsp madras curry powder (available in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s)
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 1 tsp ground turmeric
  7. Paprika to taste
  8. Oil to shallow fry

*These are exact measurements that I used. In case you run short of the masalas, mix the required quantities of all the dry powders again.


  1. Wash okra in running water and dry it well using a cloth or kitchen towel.
  2. Chop off the top portion and some portion of the bottom, make a slit lengthways and keep aside.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients along with salt. Stuff it inside each okra.
  4. Shallow fry in a pan add the leftover masalas, if any.

Serve it with rice or chapati or as a starter with some yoghurt.

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