Flavored with garlic, chilies, and lime – this flavorsome Okra dish is a foolproof way to serve okra. The smokey and spicy flavor is the trademark of this dish. All you need is to mix five ingredients and boom! You have your savory stir-fry okra dish. 

You can serve this dish with roti, dal, and rice to make a hearty and healthy meal for your family.

This recipe is delicious yet healthy as it is a gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free recipe. A dish so delicious and so flavorful – you will find this tasty recipe on every Indian menu. 

Stir-fry Okra Recipe
Stir Fry Okra

This okra recipe is made by adding peppercorn and chili pepper to give it a pungent aroma. The stir-frying will make this recipe more delicious and tasty. Now, let’s make this crispy and delicious stir-fry recipe. 

Quick Stats:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes 
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes 
  • Servings: 4 serves 


  • 1 pound okra, washed, thoroughly dried, then trimmed into 1 ½-inch piece lengthwise
  • One tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ inch ginger, minced or julienned
  • 1 green chili pepper 
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp paprika 
  • 1 tsp amchoor 
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, finely minced, for garnish

Method to Prepare:- 

  • Toss the okra with ½ tsp of oil and place in an air fryer basket. Air fry at 375 degrees for 8 minutes, tossing halfway through, or until the okra is almost tender. 
  • The okra should still look green and should have a slight bite when your teeth dig into it. Set aside.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a kadhai or wok or skillet. Add the cumin seeds and when they darken slightly, add the onions with a pinch of salt. 
  • Saute until the onions are translucent and begin to brown. Add the ginger and garlic and green chili peppers if using and continue to saute for a couple more minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, mix, then add the powdered spices — coriander powder, turmeric, paprika or cayenne, amchoor, and garam masala. 
  • You want to saute the tomatoes only until they are very mushy and have let go of all their liquid, making a nice sauce. If you overcook your tomatoes to the point where they have lost most of their moisture, they will also lose their sweetness, so don’t overdo it. 
  • You want a hint of sweetness in this recipe to balance out the spicy, salty, and tangy flavors. If your tomatoes aren’t too sweet, add a teaspoon of sugar — it’ll do the trick.
  • Add a cup of water to the tomatoes and onions and bring to a boil. Season with salt and add the prepped okra to the sauce. 
  • Stir to mix and continue cooking 3-4 minutes until the flavors meld together and the okra is cooked to your liking. I like my okra with just a little bite to it. 
  • Keep in mind that the longer you cook the okra, the more discolored it will get, losing that bright green color. It will still taste awesome, though.
  • Sprinkle on the cilantro and serve hot! 

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Final Words:- 

This simple stir-fry okra side dish is a healthy, delicious, and foolproof way to serve okra. As a bonus, it’s vegan and paleo too! Infused with amazing flavors and aromatic condiments, this stir-fry okra recipe is going to be the next star of your dining table!