This Indian okra is one of the most delicious dishes I have ever tried. I can assure you that once you try this, you will get addicted to it. Lots of veggies, healthy herbs and spices make this dish a healthy and delicious choice for you and your family. If you are still working on the title for the “best cook in the family”, make Vegan Indian Okra. I guarantee you’ll find a way to the hearts of the pickiest guests.

What is Okra anyways? Okra, also known as “lady’s finger”, or “bamia” is one of the popular nutritious vegetables of Northeast African origin. The plant is famous for its pods, which have to be gathered while they are green and tender. Okra is very low in calories and rich in dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins. It also contains folate, essential for cells growth, metabolism and women’s fertility.

Another superfood that this recipe contains is turmeric. Most of us are aware of the health benefits of this magic yellow powder. Let me share a small tip with you – turmeric is best taken with milk! I know it tastes a bit bitter, but trust me; it is a magical spell of healing. Turmeric treats arthritis, heartburn, diarrhea, jaundice, loss of appetite and other stomach disorders. Beside that, it can be used as a main ingredient of the homemade facial masks and creams.

Now, let’s mix these two guys and some other health boosting stuff together and enjoy this exotic oriental dish.

Vegan Indian Okra

Vegan Indian Okra


  • 1 pound okra (chopped in ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 onion (finely slices)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add garlic and ginger, sauté for a few seconds until aromatic.
  2. Add cumin, red pepper flakes and turmeric powder, and again sauté until the spices are browned but not burned.
  3. Add okra and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes with occasional stirring. Avoid continuous stirring otherwise it’ll make the okra untidy by splitting its seeds.
  4. Add sugar, onion, tomatoes and salt and cook for 3 to 4 more minutes until the onion is translucent and okra is cooked properly.
  5. Place the ready stir-fried okra in a serving plate and enjoy it.

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Lola Sherunkova

While devoting many years of her life to choreography and fashion, Lola always made healthy eating an important personal mission. She’s traveled the world and sought out coveted, non-traditional recipes for enhanced health and beauty from an array of cultures. Passionate about nutrition, she’s also studied alternative medicine and herbalism and thrives on sharing her knowledge with others.

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