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A blue and white pattered plate with deep fried strips of okra and a small pot of creamy dip on a wooden table

Crispy okra

Published: May 18, 2022 at 5:05 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 4 as a starter

Okra – also known as ladies' fingers – is a vegetable most often seen in Indian and Caribbean food. London’s Riding House Café in Bloomsbury coats it in semolina, deep-fries it and serves it with a yuzu ponzu dip

Nutrition: Per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal666
fat50.3g
saturates4.6g
carbs42.9g
sugars13.7g
fibre4.3g
protein8.3g
salt4.4g
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Try this crispy okra, then check out our crispy salt 'n' pepper okra, lentil and okra curry and more easy okra recipes.

Ingredients

OKRA SPICE MIXTURE

  • 2 Maggi cubes (available in world food shops or online)
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 30g golden granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp suya spice mixture (available in world food shops or online)

YUZU PONZU DIP

  • 200g mayonnaise
  • 50g onions (about ½), finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ponzu soy sauce
  • a pinch aleppo pepper flakes

CRISPY OKRA

  • vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • 150g semolina
  • 100ml whole milk
  • 200g okra, cut in half lengthways

Method

  • STEP 1

    To make the spice mixture, blitz together all the ingredients using a blender or spice grinder, then set aside.

  • STEP 2

    To make the yuzu ponzu dip, whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside until ready to serve.

  • STEP 3

    Fill a pan no more than a third full with vegetable oil and heat to 170C or until a cube of bread browns in 40 seconds.

  • STEP 4

    Put the semolina and milk in two separate, shallow bowls. Dip the okra, first in the milk, and then quickly into the semolina.

  • STEP 5

    Fry the okra in batches for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain each batch on kitchen paper while you fry the rest, then toss the fried okra in the spice mixture.

  • STEP 6

    Garnish the okra with more of the spice mixture and serve with a side of the dip.

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