Sayel Okra

In Sindhi, sayel means a rustic onion-based preparation.  Okra unfortunately ‘drinks’ a lot of oil so if you use less oil, it will not have the same results. If the okra needs to be washed, make sure it is dry before use otherwise it will end up slimy.  

makes ~4 cups


1 lb okra

6 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 cup (130 g) potatoes chopped into ½ inch pieces

1 cup onions, minced

1 tsp garlic minced

1 ½  tsp salt

1 tsp chili powder

1 cup (130 g) cherry tomatoes, halved

1 tsp amchur

2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped


    1. Without trimming, slice each okra into ½ inch wheels. Stems are edible and will soften when cooked.
    2. In a large sauté pan or skillet, heat up the olive oil and pop the cumin seeds.
    3. Almost immediately add the potatoes, onions, and garlic. Cover the pan and cook for a few minutes on low heat until onions are light brown and the potatoes have cooked through – approximately 8-10 minutes. 
    4. Add the okra, salt and chili powder and cook covered on low heat for 2-3 minutes. No longer or the okra will overcook and turn slimy. 
    5. Add the tomatoes and turn the heat off. Before serving, sprinkle with amchur and cilantro.

    ideas / variations

    • Try with sweet potatoes instead of regular. 
    • Sub sun dried tomatoes for fresh ones, just be sure to add 1-2 Tbsp of water.