by Mr Aslam and Mrs Sabir

A quick vegan and vegetarian okra curry that works just as well as a side dish. It's important to wash and dry the okra before chopping them, or they will become slimey.

Main course

Buyer's guide

It’s not as popular in the UK as it is in the US, but is usually available in supermarkets and grocers. Choose stems that snap cleanly and don’t bend.


Okra exudes a glutinous juice in cooking which thickens stews and braised dishes. It can be eaten raw in salads or cooked with curries or vegetable stews – add a handful of chopped okra to a ratatouille.