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Ladies' fingers (okra) with mustard seeds

Okra or ladies' fingers is a very healthy vegetable loaded with nutrients. I like to eat okra and like to add it in many dishes.  I add okra in fish curries, meat curries,  veg curries, lentil curries etc. Sometimes when I get no time for cooking 2-3 dishes I add okra in meat or fish currys. I often cook okra stir fry. But sometimes getting bored of cooking and eating the same dish. So  adding mustard seeds paste brings new taste to the recipe. Ladies finger or okra with mustard seeds  is a very simple recipe.  It can be served as a side dish with rice.


  • 10-15 okra or ladies' fingers
  •  2 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp nigella seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  •  1/2 tsp cumin seeds powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds powder
  • 2 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1/3 tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash ladies' fingers or okra in running water. Cut both the ends and make two parts of each.
  2. Soak yellow mustard seeds in warm water for half an hour. Make a fine paste of it and also add green chillies while making paste.
  3. In a pan heat oil. Add nigella seeds.  When crackling,  add okra. Add turmeric,  cumin and coriander powder. Stir and mix. Cover the pan. In a medium heat cook for sometime.
  4. Add salt and cook until okra is cooked by covering the pan, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add mustard seeds paste and half cup of water. Simmer and cook for 5 minutes.  Add garam masala.
  6. Remove from heat. Serve hot.


  1. As usual love this recipe. Thanks for sharing this awesome and mouth watering recipe. Feeling hungry now :)

  2. Such an easy recipie. Thank you for sharing..

  3. This sounds absolutely delicious. ��I will be sourcing these ingredients out soon and attempting to make this myself!

    Stephanie xox

  4. Nice recipe! I love okra! I don't eat a lot of veggies but this lovelies is one of my faves. Thanks for sharing your recipe.


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