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Easy Okra Curry Recipe

Made with frozen okra, this is one easy curry to cook up in a hurry. Delightfully flavorful and aromatic, this vegan okra curry needs only 11 easy-to-find ingredients.

easy vegetarian okra curry with frozen okra - in a bowl.

During the first week of September, I celebrated starting another year long trip around the sun. And, this year, more than in the years past, I’ve been asked if I feel older…

To which I usually answer that it depends. Physically, my knees don’t like me running as much, but they don’t complain when I ride an electric cycle. And, they even help me dead-lift more pounds than I weigh! A feat I couldn’t muster when I was younger- even though I weighed less then.

But, mentally, I feel a bit foggier. I like to think it’s because of stress, but my daughter is quick to point out that I’m “getting on up there in years!” 

Yesterday I excitedly showed her a house on Zillow that I loved and she shook her and said, “mom, we looked at this 2 days ago; even did a Google walk around and the area was super sketch” quickly followed by “reason number 527 your noggin is on the fritz!”

Blimey! I simply cannot agree with her. Maybe I’m in denial. Maybe it’s stress. Only way to know is when the house hunting comes to fruition and we have moved and settled in our new digs…

One thing I have noticed though is a propensity I seem to have developed to skip out on dessert! The last couple of nights I’ve opted to have seconds of shrimp curry and this tasty and easy okra curry you see here today.

We love this okra curry because:

• This is one easy curry to make in a hurry!
• It is gluten free and vegan
• It is a very flavorful and aromatic curry that can be made with ingredients you can easily pick up at any grocery store. In fact, you might have a lot of the ingredients hanging out in your kitchen right now. 

Ingredients to make okra curry

Ingredients to make this okra curry are:

  1. Red onion
  2. Fresh ginger
  3. Fresh garlic
  4. Coriander powder
  5. Turmeric powder
  6. Chili powder
  7. Smoked paprika 
  8. Tomato paste
  9. Coconut milk (affiliate link)
  10. Water, and
  11. Frozen okra

You can use fresh okra in this recipe- but you might have to adjust the timing so the okra is cooked just right.

Tasty okra curry in a bowl with rice in another bwl

I like using frozen okra as it’s easier to rip a bag open and throw it into a pan with a simmering scrumptious curry sauce. And, this is just my opinion, but I don’t recall having frozen okra cook up slime in a curry… but then again, my brain is a bit foggier so you might want to take that with a grain of salt…

Speaking of salt, Unless it’s a baked recipe, I do not include quantities of salt and pepper to use in a recipe as everyone prefers a different amount of salt. My mom is always salting the dishes I make and my daughter says the same dishes are salted just right. So please use as much or little salt as you like so the recipe suits your tastes.

Though, with tons of aromatic and flavor packed spices, this okra curry has a lot going for it in the taste department!

The tastiest vegan okra curry with frozen okra

Serving Suggestions:

You could serve this easy okra curry along with a chicken curry and some rice pilaf for a tasty meal. 

Or, you could pair this with this chickpea spaghetti curry, this broccoli kale salad, and some roti for a satisfying vegan / vegetarian dinner.

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Hoping y’all enjoy this easy okra curry recipe as much as my daughter and I have!

Tasty okra curry in a bowl with rice in another bwl

Easy Okra Curry Recipe

4.34 from 15 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Shashi
Made with frozen okra, this is one easy curry to cook up in a hurry. Delightfully flavorful and aromatic, this vegan curry needs only 11 easy-to-find ingredients.


  • 12 oz pkg Frozen okra
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Red onion
  • 3 cloves ginger
  • 1 inch piece of fresh garlic
  • 4 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Coconut milk I used chaokoh
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL – cilantro / chili flakes to garnish


  • First off, peel the red onion, garlic cloves, and fresh ginger.
  • Then, chop the onion, garlic, and ginger – but keep onion separated from ginger and garlic.
  • Add oil to a large saute pan and add in the onion. Cook onion on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Then add in the chopped ginger and garlic and saute about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the coriander, turmeric, chili powder, smoked paprika, and saute about a minute – while mixing well so all ingredients incorporate.
  • Then add in the tomato paste, coconut milk, water, and frozen okra. Give this a good stir then cover and let simmer for about 4- 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • When done, uncover and remove from heat.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve garnished with cilantro and chili flakes. Enjoy with rice or roti.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 115mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g
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  1. John / Kitchen Riffs says:

    Okra is such good stuff. And we buy it frozen all the time. Unless you get really fresh (preferably smaller) okra IMO, frozen is better quality. A bit less crispy, but that doesn’t matter so much in a dish like this.

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    Ah, I think you can be forgiven about the house hunting mistake. Even the sanest of folks go nuts when it comes time for house hunting. As I’ve noted before, we can make this whole problem go away if you just move up here to our neighborhood. Of course, then you’d have a new problem – like needing to make this okra curry all the time! I do love okra, but I’ve never had it in this form. It sounds delicious!! Oh, and happy belated birthday!

  3. angiesrecipes says:

    I love the colour of this curry…so deep and beautiful and I bet it tastes amazingly delicious.