Ayurvedic soup with okra

What exactly is an okra? An okra is a fruiting vegetable traditionally found in Surinamese and Indian cuisine. Nowadays you can often also buy this vegetable in the supermarket. There are few calories in it and it is a versatile vegetable that can be prepared in many ways. You can cook or bake the okras, stew, stir-fry etc.... The taste of okra is a little bit similar to a green bean.

You only have to wash the okra and cut off the top, then the okra is ready for use. Old okra is a bit chewy so make sure you buy a young fresh pod.

This recipe is an Ayurvedic soup with okra.


    • 5 small okras cut
      • into pieces 1 large tomato in coarse pieces
      • 1 onion in coarse pieces
        • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
          • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
          • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
            • 1/2 teaspoon chili (or more to taste)
            • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
              • 1 pinch Asafoetida (hung)
              • 1/2 tablespoon jaggery or palm sugar
              • 2 cups water
                • Ghee/butter or oil
                  • Salt and pepper to taste



                • Method:


                  • Heat the ghee in the pan and add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida and heat until the mustard seeds jump.
                  • Add the onion and bake until it becomes glassy.
                  • Add the ginger, chili and turmeric together with the tomato and cook on medium heat for a few minutes.
                  • Add the water, the jaggery and the okra's and let it cook for about 7 minutes.

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