Crispy Fried Okra With Amchoor, Chile, and Cucumber Raita

Try this Crispy Fried Okra With Amchoor, Chile, and Raita recipe
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Jeremy Fenske

This Indian-inspired fried okra recipe is seasoned with a blend of pungent spices, and then gets dipped into a cool, cucumber raita before eating. — Angela Carlos, Cook Editor

This recipe is courtesy of Troy MacLarty, Chef/Owner Bollywood Theater.

4
Servings
498
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the cucumber raita:

  • 1/2 cucumber, unpeeled, puréed in blender
  • 1/2 cucumber, unpeeled, finely grated
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Cup drained yogurt (plain, whole milk yogurt, drained overnight in cheesecloth)
  • 1/2 Cup whole milk
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice, to taste
  • Salt, to taste

For the fried okra:

  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 Teaspoon amchoor (dried, ground green mangos)
  • 1 Teaspoon Kashmir chile (can substitute for ½ teaspoon cayenne)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 Pound okra, sliced thinly, approximately 1/8 inch thick
  • 6 lemon wedges, for serving

Directions

For the cucumber raita:

Mix puréed cucumber, grated cucumber, and salt and allow to sit for 30 minutes.

Whisk together drained yogurt, milk, water, chopped cilantro, lime juice, and seasoned cucumbers. Adjust consistency by adding equal parts milk and water.

Consistency should be slightly thicker than heavy cream.  Adjust acid level with lime and seasoning with salt. The raita should not be seasoned too aggressively, as it is meant to be refreshing next to the heavily seasoned okra.

For the fried okra:

For the seasoning, combine the kosher salt, amchoor, and Kashmir chile, and set aside. 

Then, heat the vegetable oil enough to reach about 2 inches deep in a heavy cast iron pan to 350 degrees F.  

Fry the okra until lightly browned in color, about 3 to 4 minutes (will crisp up while cooling). 

Immediately toss with some of the salt mixture, to taste (tossing while hot will allow seasoning to stick while it cools, instead of falling off into bowl). Serve the fried okra with raita and lemon wedges.

 

Fried Okra Shopping Tip

Southern food is a mixture of Native American, Creole, and European influences. Staples of this comfort food include corn (in all its forms), honey, chicken, pork, and seafood, all easily found at any neighborhood grocery store.

Fried Okra Cooking Tip

Southern and comfort food is often rich and heavy, be sure to include lots of greens and vegetables with these dishes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
48g
73%
Sugar
8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
5g
24%
Cholesterol
11mg
4%
Protein
6g
12%
Carbs
16g
5%
Vitamin A
84µg
9%
Vitamin B12
0.4µg
6.1%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
15.7%
Vitamin C
32mg
53%
Vitamin D
0.5µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
10mg
51%
Vitamin K
56µg
70%
Calcium
217mg
22%
Fiber
4g
16%
Folate (food)
82µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
82µg
20%
Iron
1mg
6%
Magnesium
86mg
22%
Monounsaturated
33g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
7%
Phosphorus
173mg
25%
Polyunsaturated
8g
N/A
Potassium
607mg
17%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
13.9%
Sodium
842mg
35%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
18.8%
Trans
0.3g
N/A
Zinc
1mg
9%