Okra or Ladies Finger Chutney

Here is a lip smacking Okra aka Ladies Finger chutney recipe from Andhra Pradesh. My neighbor who is from AP makes authentic Andhra chutneys, curries, and she had shared this tasty chutney few days back, and its as authentic as it can be. Both my husband and I were intrigued at first by the ingredient as we could not guess what vegetable she had used. So, when I asked her, she said its 'Okra Chutney', which was totally a new recipe for us! This chutney is spicy, and the flavor from the roasted garlic, and green chillies gives it a nice kick and makes it appetizing!

When I asked her for the recipe, she was very kind enough to come to my place and offered to prepare it for us! Its such a quick recipe, and goes very well with rice and rasam with a dash of ghee.

Ingredients:

1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera

4 to 5 garlic cloves, peeled and slightly crushed

10 to 12 green chillies, slit

4 tbsp oil

Salt to taste

3 cups of okra/ladies finger, chopped into small pieces

Method:

1) Heat about 2 tbsp oil in a pan, and add the cumin seeds. Fry until it sizzles. Follow with Garlic and fry that for a minute. Now, add the green chillies and sauté until its fried well, takes about 2 minutes or so. Remove this from the pan and add it in a mortar and pestle. Add little salt and crush it until it forms a coarse paste.

2) Add the remaining oil in the same pan, and add the chopped Okra/ladies finger, and fry well on a medium heat. It should be slightly brown in color. It took me about 5 to 6 minutes. Switch off the heat, and add the fried okra into the mortar and pestle along with the crushed garlic and green chili paste, and combine everything with a spoon and crush till it looks like a coarse paste. You can also add a tad bit of tamarind when crushing the mixture.

NOTE: I used my wooden mortar and pestle what we call 'kolmbula', and its perfect for these kind of recipes.

Serve with rice and rasam. Enjoy!

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