12 September, 2014
Baked stuffed okra
Here’s an experiment I tried. Made some stuffed okra, cooked half of it the traditional way in a pan with a little bit of oil and baked the rest of it in the oven with only a very light spray of oil. There was very little difference in taste between them. The baked okra was in no way inferior to the stove-top cooked okra, in fact, it is a lot healthier! The secret ingredient: peanut powder. It releases enough oil to make the dish super tasty.
Sharing this at the Virtual Vegan Potluck 11 at Annie’s blog An Unrefined Vegan and with folks at Fiesta Friday #33 over at The Novice Gardener’s blog.
Use the slender type of okra for this and make sure they are good by twisting the tip of the vegetable. If it snaps easily, the okra is good.
Baked stuffed okra
Okra- about 15
chickpea flour (besan)- 4-5 tbsp.
red chilly powder- 1 or 1 1/2 tsp.
roasted peanut powder- 3 tbsp.
salt- to taste
dry mango powder (amchur)- 1 tsp.
coriander powder- 1 tsp.
turmeric powder- a pinch
garam masala- 1/2 tsp.
canola oil spray (optional)
* Wash and dry okra on a towel. Mix all the spices with besan in a bowl.
* Cut each okra into 2-3 pieces, make a vertical slit in each and add the powder in with a spoon.
* Preheat oven to 400 °F. If using oil spray, lightly apply spray on the stuffed okra.
* Place on an aluminum baking sheet lined with parchment paper, slit side facing up. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
* Enjoy with roti or any rice dish. Store in a closed container.
31 thoughts on : Baked stuffed okra
i have tried stuffing okra with chickpeas- your version looks great Apsara…will try your version sometime..
thanks, Chitra. I feel that using besan would be a lot easier than stuffing with chickpeas itself.
Love this idea! Thanks for sharing Apsara!
My pleasure, Naina!
This looks so good to me, Apsara! I love okra, and it is one of the things that actually grows well in the heat here in Arizona. I never thought of stuffing them or baking them. I’m so glad to learn about it. Now if I could just convince my husband that okra is delicious!:) Maybe this recipe will change his mind.
thanks, Shari. Yes, it probably will change his mind. 😉
Stuffed okra, wow! I used to plant okra but nobody else in the family wanted to eat them. Probably had a lot to do with how I cooked them, i.e., the slimy way. But Hilda and Shelly recently told me the secret in reducing sliminess. So I bought okra, and now I have another recipe to try. Your stuffed okra sounds so spectacular, can’t wait to try! 🙂
Yes, I’m not a fan of slimy okra too. But the besan absorbs all that, and I was happy with the result too!
Yum Apsara! Looks like your experiment worked out wonderfully!
Yes, Lori. 🙂
Loved it Apsara !
Glad you like it, Sonal. 😉
I’m another who has never tried stuffing okra -will give it a try.
Sure! I hope you find the right type of okra, long and slender… 🙂
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Ooh, yes please! I’ve always been put off by the oil requirement so this sounds perfect for me!
I am delighted by this too, Elaine!
Fabulous! I must say it looks likes it takes a lot of patience to stuff these little okras, but they are so delicious looking! How original!
Sue, this is not half as hard as some of the complicated things that you make! I guess familiarity of the cuisine matters. 😉
Yum, this looks so healthy and what a nice, simple recipe, love that it has been baked too, will have to give this a go.
Let me know when you try it, Loretta.
Wow, this is such a great idea to bake the okra! I rarely cook with okra, sometimes I add some to my curries. But there is a gourmet supermarket here where they sell crispy okra – so good! I can imagine that these are similar. Thanks for bringing this to the Fiesta – perfect finger food to share! 😉
So easy to make and so healthy! Thanks for sharing another great recipe, and the secret of using peanut powder. 🙂 Cheers, Violet
I trier a stuffed okra with corn flour and rice flour like your version.. Love baked foods such a guilt free version
Your version sounds equally easy, Vidya. I bet the rice flour made it crisp too, need to try that sometime!
loved this baked version !!!! and i too do not like the slime of okras 😉
Hey Apsara, I made this tasty recipe & loved every bite, so did my husband Peter! Divine recipe! 🙂
You’re an angel, Sophie! If you have any suggestions to improve this, let me know. 🙂
Apsara, I just tried it for dinner…fabulous recipe
So glad you like it, Divya! Thank you. 🙂