Friday, December 23, 2011

How To Remove Slime/Stickiness From Okra

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BM#11:I love Okra! But I hate the slime that oozes from it when cut. So this is how I prep the Okra before I use it to make anything with it.

The main mantra to removing/reducing slime from okra is only one thing - "Dry, Dry, Dry". A dry Okra considerably has less slime.  So I make sure that my cut Okra is super dry before it is transformed  into a dish. :-)
  • Clean the Okra in cold water.
  • Drain it in a colander to drain excess water from it for about 15 minutes or so.
  • Transfer the moist Okra to a clean and dry kitchen towel.Rub it gently and remove the remaining moisture.
  • Move it to a dry plate and let it air dry.
  • Snip off the ends and cut them to desired length. I usually cut them about an inch long. "Dry fry" the cut Okra for about 5 minutes on a low flame.
  • Okra is now ready to be used in either a curry or gumbo or whatever with considerably less/no slime.How cool is that??
Stuffed Okra Curry:
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  1. I do everything until the drying-on-the-cloth part. I'm going to dry-fry it next time, sounds like a good tip, thanks! :)

  2. indeed cool, i know a lot of people who abhor okra bcoz they find it sticky and slimy. I personally love it and also follow the same steps as you have done, some times leave them overnight under a kitchen towel

  3. Wonderful CL..I make it the same way..great to have you run the BM

  4. thanks for the info. I also dont like the sticky okras.

  5. I have always been a little bit afraid of preparing okra...maybe this will help me overcome that fear.

  6. Just bought from okra from Indian store. Will chant your mantra for okra perfectness.


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