Friday, 19 June 2015

Baked okra in tomato and soured cream sauce

As my darling husband is off gallivanting tonight, i.e. going to the high table at his college, I fancied something vegetarian for dinner. I wasn't sure what I was going to cook and was just browsing the veggie aisles, when I spotted a couple of packs of okra which were reduced. I have recently torn a few pages of Yotam Ottolenghi's okra recipes from The Guardian's Weekend, and thought I'd cook something Ottolenghi-ish.
When I arrived back home, and looked at the recipe clippings, I realised I didn't have all the ingredients, but then again, who usually does?! So, all inspired by Yotam, I ended up with a dish that only is vaguely related to his delicious recipes. One day I will buy some fresh coconut and will try to cook the first recipe (go on and check the link above for the great okra recipes).

350g okra
200g sugarsnap tomatoes
3tbsp olive oil
about 7 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2tsp chilli paste
1/2tsp ground cumin
1tsp maple syrup
70g (1 serving) of double tomato concentrate
150ml soured cream

Chop the tough little ends off okra and place it whole in a big roasting tray or deep dish, well oiled. Slice the tomatoes in half and scatter over the okra. Add the garlic cloves. Season with sea salt. Place the tray in the oven preheated to 180C. Roast for 30+ minutes.
In a bowl mix the ground ginger, chilli paste, cumin, maple syrup, tomato concentrate and soured cream. Mid-way through cooking spoon the tomato-soured cream sauce over the okra and tomatoes and sort of spread it over with the spoon, as the sauce is quite thick. If you use a plain yogurt rather than soured cream, it might be runnier.

Serve hot with a nice chunk of bread.
A very tasty meal. And I have some left over for tomorrow's lunch too.

The colours are pretty amazing, and all the flavours work well together.
What do you usually do with okra?

Adding my okra recipe to Farmersgirl Kitchen linky #RecipeClippings for June.


  1. this looks stunning and such a fabulous colour too. I've never cooked okra before but this is beautiful so I must give it a go!

    1. Thank you Dom! I'm surprised you haven't cooked with okra. I love it, but it has to be cooked whole, or it might be slightly slimey in texture.

  2. Such a vibrant dish, Galina. Thank you so much for joining me for recipe clippings.

    1. Thank you Janice! The colours were very bright.

  3. That looks utterly delicious. I've only ever cooked okra once (in a very non-authentic gumbo), but have always wanted to use it more often. Will definitely be cooking this

  4. I am not a big fan of Okra but your recipe looks lovely and I may try it out .

  5. This looks delicious. I haven't cooked okra for ages but will be looking out for it now :-)