Okra Patties

This is another interesting recipe from my friend Donna, who is an okra lover like me.  Okra is one of those veggies that people either love or hate.  It’s good for you because it’s high in fiber, vitamins A and C, folate, thiamin, potassium, and magnesium. Select okra that is small (2 to 3 inches in length…otherwise it will be tough), deep green, firm, and free of blemishes.  This is a good recipe to try if you think you don’t like okra.   The okra patties are very easy to put together and the amounts of ingredients don’t have to be exact.  Feel free to play around with ingredients. When I made the okra patties, I divided the mixture in half and seasoned one half with just salt and pepper.  They were excellent eaten with a little ketchup.  I added cumin and garam masala to the other half for an Indian-inspired flavor.  I ate those with tamarind chutney and really enjoyed that combination as well.

Okra Patties

1 lb. okra
1 egg, beaten
celery, finely chopped
onion, finely chopped
salt and pepper
favorite spices (like cumin, curry powder, etc…)

Take a pound of fresh okra and wash it. Cut off the ends and boil in water for 5 minutes. Rinse and cool. Chop the cooked okra. Add one beaten egg, some finely chopped celery and onion, spices, and enough breadcrumbs to form patties.  Fry in hot oil until golden.

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