Ugali with okra

If there is anything that I absolutely have no desire to revisit from my childhood (in terms of food), it is okra! I bought some over the weekend because I decided to confront that silly childhood memory.

I said to myself “it can’t possibly be as bad as I remember!” Besides, I’m all grown up now. I like a few green things, so I might like okra too. Plus, childhood memories can be a bit amplified.

I looked for an easy recipe and found this one at

ginger, cumin and coriander powder

3 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound sliced fresh okra
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
and salt to taste  

the okra and some thyme, I thought a little thyme might be nice but after adding the other spices it didn’t seem like a good idea so I left it out!
the onions, mine are really really small, I used 6. they look big in this photo but they’re really small!
in the pan with the butter, didn’t measure the butter, just estimated the amout
onions softened and ready for the okra
I chopped the okra, I wanted it in bite size pieces
okra in with the onions, then add the spices, salt and pepper

After about 10 minutes I added a bit of water because I thought it was a bit to dry. I wanted it to have a bit of stew for eating the ugali


When I handed my husband his plate, I was ready to turn around and make something else. He took it without any complaints. Look at this rating,…

Husband Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

He liked it! Apparently he has no ‘issues’ with okra from his childhood! I think if you like okra, you’ll like this. But I could not finish my plate. I couldn’t swallow without making a face. My childhood memories are not amplified — they are spot-on! The slime is just too much for me.

I searched around on the net a bit and some sites say to wash the okra in vinegar instead because water is what causes it to get slimy. Others say not to wash them at all.

A friend of mine said the best way is to stir fry, don’t make it soupy and don’t let it cook too long.

Anyone have a ‘slime free’ recipe for okra? Or is that asking too much?


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Making, eating and sharing good food are a splendid way to start, brake and end a day! I post good eats on Life is a feast, eat up!

4 thoughts on “Ugali with okra

  1. First of all I’d like to say that you have a fabulous blog!
    We prepare okra by stir frying long slices until lightly browned. Then I make an onion, methi leaves and tomato gravy and add the okra to cook in the gravy. Finally add lemon and 1 tsp sugar! Please try it out


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