23rd January 2018

Okra Kali Miri Stir Fry – South Indian

Before this day we only used grated coconut in a dry preparation of lady fingers. We first ate the okra kali miri at a restaurant in Kanyakumari and I must say that black pepper compliments the okra just perfectly. Serve this peppery okra with hot chappatis.

Serves: A Family of Four

Prep. Time: 15 to 20 MIns.

Cooking Time: 12 to 15 Mins.


  • Lady Fingers – 24 (small)
  • Onions (finely chopped) – 2 medium
  • Tomato (finely chopped) – 1 large
  • Green Chillies (chopped) – 2 to 3
  • Garlic (finely chopped) – 8 to 10 cloves (small)
  • Curry Leaves – 12 to 15
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp.
  • Black Pepper Corns (coarsely ground) – 1 tbsp.
  • Oil – 1 ½ tbsp.
  • Salt – ½ tsp. or to taste


Step 1:     Wash the okras well and pat dry. Cut / chop them slanting and keep aside.

Step 2:     Heat the oil in a pan. Add the cumin and sauté for a minute on medium heat till fragrant. Then add the garlic and curry leaves. Sauté for another minute and then add the onions and sauté for a minute.


Step 3:     Add the tomato, green chillies and okra and sauté on high heat for 2 minutes. The okra will turn slimy. Continue to sauté for another minute. Add salt and cook covered on low heat till the okra is cooked. Add the pepper powder and give a quick stir. Switch off the heat and leave covered for 5 minutes.




  1. The Kali Miri okra is something different n tasty.The pepper flavour wakes the tastes buds.Simple n quick recipe.Tried this recipe Ina . Thank you.

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