In the second installment of the 4-part series of cooking highlights with Violet Oon, she shows her recipe for Stir fried lady's fingers. You may know of Violet Oon as a prominent and respected chef in the cooking scene, and the authority in Peranakan cuisine. She is also widely known in the international arena and is a food ambassador for Singapore overseas. Today's stir fried lady's finger is a classic vegetarian Indian dish you can serve for family dinners.
Lady’s finger, also known as okra is a pod vegetable that is not highly raved by many due to the slimy interior texture it has after cooking. However this vegetable has many health benefits such as high fibre, vitamins, minerals, low saturated fats, low cholesterol and it helps regulate blood sugar levels.
In this Indian recipe by Violet Oon, she teaches you how to cook lady’s fingers without the gluey texture. She does this by dry-frying the lady's fingers on high heat first which seals the cut parts and dries out the liquid inside the lady's fingers. Say goodbye to slimey, gluey lady's fingers! Mustard and lentils are also used to give the dish its distinctive Indian flavours. Where the recipe asks for frying on high heat, it is to bring out the fragrance and flavour of the ingredients.