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Welcome Along to another Instacooks feature, This time its Okra Fries.
We’ve had Halloumi fries, sweet potato fries & now introducing the latest street food fad – Okra fries. We have some information about the from preparation to cooking here. The recipe is brought to you from the wonderful @shez_k03.

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What is Okra and how to make Okra Fries

So let’s talk about the Okra behind Okra Fries, Okra is a great vegetable for soaking up spices and this crispy fries recipe makes a great snack or accompaniment to almost anything. Originally from Africa, okra is now widely used in cuisines such as Caribbean, Creole, Cajun and Indian. It’s also known as bhindi or lady’s fingers, in reference to the long, elegantly tapering shape.

Ridged along its length, the green, slightly fuzzy pod contains rows of edible seeds that release a mucilaginous (sticky, viscous) liquid when chopped and cooked, which has led to it being used to thicken soup and stew recipes, such as Cajun gumbo, but it’s also served whole as a side dish.

How to find your Okra and cooking tips

Its flavour is quite subtle, so it benefits from being cooked with strong, spicy ingredients. Available all year round and to choose the best? Look for firm, brightly coloured pods. Avoid those that are limp or which have brown marks – they won’t be so fresh. The bigger they are, the tougher they are; around 7-10 cm is best.

To Prepare the Okra Wash and dry. If you are serving the okra whole as a side dish, and don’t want the liquid to be released during the cooking, trim around the stalks in a cone shape, so that the pod isn’t pierced.

Soaking the whole pods in acidulated water for an hour can also help eliminate some of their liquid. If you do want to release the liquid, so that it can thicken a stew or soup, chop or slice thickly or thinly, according to your recipe.

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Making The Okra Fries

Source Together:
3/4 pounds Indian okra, 2 tsp Coriander powder, 1 tsp Garam Masala, 2 tsp Chilli, 2 tsp, Anardhana powder Optional. 4 tbsp Gram Flour, 1 tbsp Coriander & Cumin Seeds. 2 tsp Chaat Masala, plus extra for sprinkling at the end.

Instructions

Cut your okra in half, quarters or length ways and then mix together the Coriander powder, Garam Masala, Chilli, Anardhana powder, Gran Flour, Coriander and the Cumin Seeds.

Seperatly mix 1 tbsp of of gram four with water until watery. Dip the Okra fries in the watery mix then coat in the dry mix. Heat the oil until very hot then deep Fry for a few minuets and sprinkle with the chaat masala at the end. Don’t even think about skipping this part, this is what gives it that tangy flavour. You wouldn’t eat chips without salt, so don’t try this without chaat!

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Crispy Okra Fries

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We’ve had Halloumi fries, sweet potato fries & now introducing the latest street food fad – Okra fries. .

I tried these in a restaurant for the first time & fell in love instantly. Weirdly I don’t even like okra much but made into fries this was next level food heaven!! So obviously I had to make them at home!

Saw a few recipes on here & googled a few but they didn’t sound right, there was 1 recurring spice in all recipes though- Chaat Masala. So in the end I did it the way I make pakoras but with the key ingredient being chaat masala. Sorted! I dipped the fries in a watery gram flour mix and then added it to the dry flour & voila, it worked so much better! 

Only need to fry for a few mins but when it’s cooked sprinkle chaat masala over it & serve. Don’t even think about skipping this part, this is what gives it that tangy flavour. You wouldn’t eat chips without salt, so don’t try this without chaat! .

My first attempt at Okra Fries & it was a massive hit. 
Yaaay 🎉🙌🏼 .
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Okra Fries We’ve had Halloumi fries, sweet potato fries & now introducing the latest street food fad – Okra fries. . I tried these in a restaurant for the first time & fell in love instantly. Weirdly I don’t even like okra much but made into fries this was next level food heaven!! So obviously I had to make them at home! Saw a few recipes on here & googled a few but they didn’t sound right, there was 1 recurring spice in all recipes though- Chaat Masala. So in the end I did it the way I make pakoras but with the key ingredient being chaat masala. Sorted! . Now to fry them, One recipe said to coat the sliced okra in the dry mixture without using anything wet with it because the slime from it will stick to it. Sounded right but it actually didn’t stick much at all (bin that idea). Tried it my own way. I dipped the fries in a watery gram flour mix and then added it to the dry flour & voila, it worked sooo much better! Only need to fry for a few mins but when it’s cooked sprinkle chaat masala over it & serve. Don’t even think about skipping this part, this is what gives it that tangy flavour. You wouldn’t eat chips without salt, so don’t try this without chaat! . My first attempt at Okra Fries & it was a massive hit. Yaaay 🎉🙌🏼 . . . #streetfood #meatfreemonday #madebyme #okrafries #foodblogger #foodlover #instafoodie #ramadanrecipes #forkyeah #snackfoods #veganfood #vegetarianrecipes #meatlessmonday #halalfoodie #halalfood #pakistanifood #indianfood #desifood #gharkakhana #spicelover #moreish #pakistanifoodblogger #cheshirefoodies #spices #spicyfood #instapic #foodstyling #instayum #spicelover #shezkitchen

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Okra Fries

Author: @shez_k03

Ingredients

  • 400 g Okra
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tsp Chilli
  • 2 tsp Anardhana powder Optional
  • 4 tbsp Gram Flour
  • 1 tbsp Coriander & Cumin Seeds
  • 2 tsp Chaat Masala + extra for sprinkling at the end
  • Oil For frying

Instructions

  • Wash the okra and dry thoroughly with kitchen towel. Top and tail and slice in half lengthwise.
  • Mix together the Coriander powder, Garam Masala, Chilli, Anardhana powder, Gran Flour, Coriander and the Cumin Seeds
  • Seperatly mix 1 tbsp of of gram four with water until watery. Dip the Okra fries in the watery mix then coat in the dry mix.
  • Heat the oil until very hot then deep fry for a few minuets and sprinkle with the chaat masala at the end. Don’t even think about skipping this part, this is what gives it that tangy flavour. You wouldn’t eat chips without salt, so don’t try this without chaat!
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