Serves 4
Main Course

Ingredients

Part 1: Okra Curry with Papaya
  • okra,3, cups, Sliced in 1-inch pieces and soaked in water with the juice of 1 lemon for 30 minutes,,
  • olive oil,1, tablespoon,,
  • onion,¾, cups,Chopped,
  • crushed coriander seeds,½, teaspoon,,whole-indian-coriander
  • ripe papaya,1, cup, diced peeled and seeded,,
  • Jamaican curry powder,1,teaspoon,,mild-jamaican-curry-powder-mild
  • lemon juice,2, tablespoons,,
  • water,3, tablespoons,,
  • Salt and pepper,,, to taste,
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Okra Curry with Papaya

The popularity of okra shows the African influence on Cuban cuisine. A spoonful of curry powder, beloved throughout the Caribbean, gives this delightful vegetarian dish a welcome spicy punch, while papaya and lemon juice provide acidity. Alexis Alvarez Armas is the creative cook (he’s also a filmmaker and novelist) who came up with the recipe.
Written By Anya von Bremzen and Megan Fawn Schlow | Nov 13, 2020

Ingredients

Part 1: Okra Curry with Papaya
  • okra,3, cups, Sliced in 1-inch pieces and soaked in water with the juice of 1 lemon for 30 minutes,,
  • olive oil,1, tablespoon,,
  • onion,¾, cups,Chopped,
  • crushed coriander seeds,½, teaspoon,,whole-indian-coriander
  • ripe papaya,1, cup, diced peeled and seeded,,
  • Jamaican curry powder,1,teaspoon,,mild-jamaican-curry-powder-mild
  • lemon juice,2, tablespoons,,
  • water,3, tablespoons,,
  • Salt and pepper,,, to taste,
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Step one

Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil and onion cooking for 4-5 minutes or until soft.

Step two

Add the crushed coriander and papaya and cook slightly crushing the papaya until it is saucy. 

Step three

Next add the drained okra, curry powder, lemon juice, and water and bring to a simmer.

Step four

Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes or until the okra is just tender salt and pepper to taste and serve with steamed white rice and beans.

Ingredients

Part 2: Carribean Style Curry Powder
  • turmeric,2,tablespoons,,ground-madras-turmeric
  • ground cumin,1, teaspoon,,ground-cumin-seeds
  • ground coriander,1,teaspoon,,ground-indian-coriander
  • ground allspice,1,teaspoon,,ground-allspice-berries
  • ground black pepper,1/2, teaspoon,,butchers-10-ground-black-pepper
  • cayenne,1/4, teaspoon,,copy-of-cayenne-pepper-2oz
  • ground ginger,1,teaspoon,,ground-ginger
  • grated nutmeg,1/2, teaspoon,,ground-nutmeg
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Ingredients

Part 2: Carribean Style Curry Powder
  • turmeric,2,tablespoons,,ground-madras-turmeric
  • ground cumin,1, teaspoon,,ground-cumin-seeds
  • ground coriander,1,teaspoon,,ground-indian-coriander
  • ground allspice,1,teaspoon,,ground-allspice-berries
  • ground black pepper,1/2, teaspoon,,butchers-10-ground-black-pepper
  • cayenne,1/4, teaspoon,,copy-of-cayenne-pepper-2oz
  • ground ginger,1,teaspoon,,ground-ginger
  • grated nutmeg,1/2, teaspoon,,ground-nutmeg
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Note: To make a small amount of homemade Caribbean-style curry powder 

Step one

Combine the following ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.