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Sadia Hussain

Oct 16, 2018

Okra with Ginger and Sesame Seeds Recipe

This vegetable is an all-time favorite in my house and I cook it many different ways, so we don't get tired of eating the same dish over and over again.

I've posted an okra recipe on the blog but because I cook okra so much for my family I wanted to share another.

Okra is a simple and quick vegetable to cook. Please use fresh, slim okra and wash the okra before cutting to avoid a sticky mess. We love to eat this as a side to any Pakistani meal. It stays in the fridge for several days so we can enjoy leftovers for lunch or dinner.

Okra with Ginger and Sesame Seeds

Sadia Hussain




40 Minutes


  • 1/2kg/1lb okra, cut into small circles

  • Cooking oil

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, slivered

  • 1  tomato, finely chopped

  • 1 green chili, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • A handful of fresh coriander, chopped


  1. In a large pan, heat oil and fry onions on medium heat until light brown.

  2. Add ginger and sauté for a few minutes.

  3. Add tomatoes and cook on medium heat until you have a paste.

  4. Add green chili, turmeric powder, salt and red chili powder.

  5. Fry on high heat for a few minutes.

  6. Add 1/4 cup water and okra and cook on low heat, until tender.

  7. Add fresh coriander and sesame seeds.

Tips and Bits

If you don't have fresh tomatoes, you can use 1/2 a can of chopped tomatoes.

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