Mom’s Okra Palya

This Okra Palya is so easy, quick, and tasty, that you’ll want to buy okra every time you see it to whip up this dish! If you like roasted okra you’ll love this dish. But, even if you haven’t developed a taste for okra so far, this recipe may just change your mind! So, give it a try!

Okras (also called ladies finger) are low in calories, rich in fibre, and rich in Vitamins A, C, B, and K! Yup! And they are great for diabetics because the mucilage (the part that gets gooey if not cooked properly!) aids in digestion and slows down the uptake of sugar in the digestive tract.

Palya is a Kannada word for a dry, vegetable curry that is an easy, tasty way of cooking your veggies!

This Okra Palya is another of Mom’s recipes that my sister and I absolutely love. And this is exactly the way she makes it!


This Okra Palya is great with rotis and also with rice, especially if you like dry curries with rice. The recipe is simple, but be sure to check out the Tips below, because in this recipe, they will make all the difference!

This recipe is suitable for diabetics, weight watchers, and those who’d say ‘ooh yay! okra’!


For a side dish for 2, you will need:

  • 250g okra (a.k.a ladies finger)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal (split, shelled black gram)
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • Salt
  • Oil


Six simple steps!



This time, theΒ TIPs are really important!

  • The trick to a great Okra Palya is a two-part secret.
    • Part 1: Ensure the okras, your chopping board, and knife are all absolutely DRY before chopping them up. Keep a tissue paper handy to wipe any goo/slime that builds up on your knife as you chop. Dry okra = minimum goo in your palya!
    • Part 2: Roast your okra pieces thoroughly on a medium low flame. They have to become a deeper, darker green than when you started and getting a bit of char on them only helps the taste!
  • While choosing okra at the supermarket, check if the bottom tip of a sample piece breaks off easily. If it does then the batch is good to buy. If it doesn’t then buy something else (don’t go nipping a whole lot of pieces and then blame it on me!).


For a slightly different version that uses kalonji and mango powder (amchur) do check out this Bhindi Fry from Whit Bit’s Kitchen!


Plans for November!

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Sugarfree Sweetheart will be abuzz with posts!Β I’ve planned a Diabetic-Friendly Food Week for the third week of November, and there will be fun challenge to you try out on World Diabetes Day in the second week. The blog will be getting a bit of makeover too! Coming soon!