16th October 2018

Goan Lady Finger Stir Fry

Goan Lady Finger Stir Fry

A dry preparation of lady finger, known as Bende Sukkem, this variation uses a sprinkling of freshly grated coconut and is very popular in Goa. The Kokam gives it a light tang as well as helps reduce the sliminess of the okra. You can eat the Goan Lady Finger Stir Fry with hot chappatis or as a side dish with rice.

Serves: A Family of Four

Prep. Time: 15 Mins.

Cooking Time: 15 Mins.


  • Lady Fingers – 300 gms.
  • Onion (finely chopped) – 2 medium
  • Garlic (crushed) – 2 cloves
  • Dry Red Chillies (broken) – 2
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp.
  • Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp.
  • Kokam Petals – 5
  • Oil 1 ½ tbsp.
  • Salt – 1 ¼ tsp. or to taste

Step 1:     Wash and wipe dry the okra. Slice into ½ cm. pieces. Apply 1 tsp. salt and leave aside (This helps to reduce the sliminess).

Step 2:     Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin, garlic, red chillies and sauté for a few seconds on medium heat. Add the onion and saute for two to three minutes. Add the okra and stir on a high flame for 2 minutes. Add the Kokam. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.

Step 3:     Open the lid, mix and add ¼ tsp. salt. Cook covered for another 3 minutes. Finally add the grated coconut and cook covered for another 2 minutes. Switch off the flame and keep covered for another 5 minutes before serving.

Serve with chappatis or as a side dish with rice.

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