When I was a kid, we used to grow variety vegetable at our backyard. Okra or lady finger is one of the main vegetable we grew and it quickly became our favourite vegetable.

What is okra?

If you are not familiar with Okra (ladyfinger), this is how okra (lady’s fingers – ladies finger) looks like.

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In Malaysia, we normally called it Lady Finger or in Malay Bendi. But, in other country it might have different name like bhendi, bhindi, bamia, ochro or gumbo. Anyway, it refers to the same thing.

How to prepare Okra?

Okra is not complicated to prepare. Normally, I will sliced it thinly and soak it in a water for about 1 hour to reduce the sliminess. Yes, Okra tend to be slimed and not everyone like it.

What does okra taste like?

Okra do not have distinguished flavour but it can be too slimy if you did not soak in water. Some people describe okra texture as silky, mushy and slimy. However, Okra do have delicate flavor and a nutty/seedy texture. The most important, it really depending on the way you cook it and you want to buy a fresh okra. Not old, because it can be chewy.

Benefits of Okra (Lady Finger)

Okra are among the very low calorie vegetable and containing no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its high in dietary fiber, minerals, vitamin A, flavonoid anti-oxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex and vitamin K.

How to cook okra?

There are many ways to cook okra, I used to sautéed, boiled, fried or even oven fried. One of my top recipe for okra will be Okra (ladies finger) Fish curry, it is so tasty and heavenly taste. Just the perfect match when you add okra in the fish curry.

To be honest, I have lots of okra (ladyfingers) recipe to share but today I’d only share the easiest and simplest lady finger recipe Spicy Stir Fry Okra (Ladies Finger ) With Prawn.

Hope you enjoy it!

Happy cooking!

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Spicy Stir Fry Okra (Lady Finger) With Prawn

Yield :3-4 person


3-4 heaping teaspoon of Crispy Fish Chili ( Note: You can change it to sambal belacan but less is more, adding gradually the sambal)

1 Onion, Sliced

15 prawns, remove shell and marinate the prawns with 1 tsp of sugar and 1tsp sesame oil for at least 30mins.

20 small lady fingers, sliced thinly

100ml water

½ tsp salt


  1. Heat Up Wok
  2. Add 3-4 heaping teaspoon of Crispy Fish Chili.
  3. Add sliced onion and stir-fry.
  4. Add marinated prawns. Mixed well.
  5. Add sliced lady fingers and keep on stir fry.
  6. Add 100ml water. (Add more when necessary but add gradually)
  7. Feel free to add 1 tsp more Crispy Fish Chili. I love spicy.
  8. Taste it. Add more salt if needed.
  9. I add about ½ tsp salt.
  10. Cook until lady finger soften.
  11. Remove and serve with warm rice.