Okra is called Lady’s Finger (mainly due to how it looks) and Dharosh in Bengali. It is a vegetable that can be found in foods from all over the world. You can find it in gumbo to curry. However, this is one vegetable vegetable, in my experience, that people seem to either love it or hate it. I am from the 1st group who love it. It is rich is fibre, which is great for your health. It is also low in calories and full of nutrients. If you would like to know more about okra’s nutritional information you can visit this link at livestrong.com. Hope you enjoy this simple, quick and healthy dish. It goes well with some plain rice and daal.
Bengali-Style Okra Stir Fry
Prep: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5-10 minutes
2 cups chopped okra
1/2 tsp nigella seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 green chili, optional
salt, to taste
Heat a little oil in a frying pan or wok. Add the nigella seeds to the hot oil and once it starts to crackle add turmeric, salt and okra and stir fry until cooked. Any time during the cooking process add the green chili, if using.
Serve warm with plain rice and daal.
Note: Bengali’s usually have a main protein dish to accompany their meals. Or if they are having a vegetarian meal, they will have other vegetables too.