Chilli Okra

Chilli Okra


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This is an easy side dish or vegetarian main when served with rice. The okra is cooked in a chilli and tamarind based sauce but don't overcook the okra as it can turn slimy.


Serves: 4 

  • 10 dried chillies, soaked in water and seeds removed
  • 6 shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • oil for cooking
  • 10g dried shrimps, soaked in water
  • 5 Vietnamese mint, torn, optional
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) tamarind juice
  • 10 okra, sliced diagonally
  • 1 pinch sugar, to taste
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. Put reconstituted dried chillies, shallots and garlic in blender and process until a fine paste. Cut the dried shrimp to small pieces.
  2. Heat oil in saucepan and fry the chilli paste until fragrant. Add the dried shrimp and Vietnamese mint then stir.
  3. Add the tamarind juice and stir for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the okra and quickly stir until combined. Season with sugar, salt and pepper according to taste.

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