Curried Ladies Fingers (Okra)

Let’s clean our slates and get back to the greens. More specifically, hubs’ favourite greens–> Ladies Fingers aka Okra. Well, one of his favourite greens anyway.

I find that when people dislike ladies fingers, it’s always because its slimy mucousy texture turns them off. Consequently, I made it my life’s purpose to figure out a way to deal with this problem. (no, not really).

I don’t know if I’ve cracked the code but I find that if I start out with a dry non-stick pan and just stir ladies fingers pieces with a good pinch of salt around for a bit to dry them out (and also cook them), the slime doesn’t come out so much or get really gooey.

Looks like it worked, didn’t it? No slime threads nor did the ladies finger pieces become mushy.
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I also feel like stirfried ladies fingers should be prepared in a simple fashion. Just a pinch of curry powder, a bit onions and some stirfrying. The longer they are cooked, the more they break down and get mushy. A bit of crunch is good.
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I mean, we can’t avoid the slime altogether. It’s part of the fruit’s anatomy. I think it’s a fruit anyway. I digress. Back to slime, I really think you can minimize it.
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If you’re slime-averse, I would recommend you to try it out this way. Though if you still don’t like it, I won’t hold it against you. Texture issues are harsh.

If you DO like ladies fingers and have no idea how to spruce it up, then a pinch of curry powder saves the day.

Do you like ladies fingers/okra?


“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10)

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Curried Ladies Fingers (Okra)
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
  • 1 packet (appx 15) Lady's Fingers/Okra, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Red Onion, peeled & thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp Water
  1. Heat up a non-stick pan on MED HIGH.
  2. Toss in lady's finger & salt. Stir about every once in a while for about 5 minutes.
  3. Dish out and set aside.
  4. Pour in oil & stirfry onion until softened.
  5. Sprinkle in curry powder. Stir until curry becomes fragrant, about 15 secs.
  6. Add lady's finger and splash in water. Stir for 1 minute.
  7. Dish up & serve!


  1. This sounds yummy! Love the idea of okra in stir-fry.

  2. I love okra! I even thought okra is Japanese veggies because Japanese prounce it like okura and I thought it spells okura. I came to the US and surprised stores misspelled “okra”. It took me a while until I figured out it’s NOT Japanese veggy! Oh boy. Me and okra. I love this veggy so much. Never season with curry and I’ll def try!

    • Haha. And over here, we never call it okra. I grew up calling it lady’s fingers/ladies fingers. Or bendi in Malay. When I started reading more recipes, I was surprised that lady’s fingers refer to cookies in the US! Very confusing. My husband loves this veggie so so much he’s always nudges me to get some. I love tempura veggies, okra being one of them!

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