Okra is a popular vegetable in Sri Lanka. Preparing it in this manner minimizes the stickiness, but make sure it is well stir-fried well before adding the liquids.
Wash okra, cut off tops, and slice diagonally into 1-inch pieces. Heat the oil in the pan. Sauté the onions until translucent. Add the green chiles, curry leaves, and okra and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
Add the turmeric, fenugreek seeds, and coriander powder and toss well. Add the coconut milk, water, and salt and simmer until okra is tender, about 20 minutes.