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burmese roasted okra and tomato salad

An unusual, healthy salad recipe made with roasted okra and browned onions, full of flavour from peanuts, sesame seeds and chilies. Perfect to serve for lunch or dinner when you have guests!

Ingredients

  • 250g okra
  • ½ teaspoon salt - divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric – divided
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tomato, sliced lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly lengthwise
  • 3 dry red chilies
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ teaspoon crushed chilies (or to taste)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • For Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon light soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
An unusual, healthy salad recipe made with roasted okra and browned onions, full of flavour from peanuts, sesame seeds and chilies. Perfect to serve for lunch or dinner when you have guests!

Instructions

  • 1. Heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  • 2. Top and tail okra and cut okra into half, into approximately two inch pieces.

    Combine okra with salt, with ½ teaspoon turmeric, chili powder and coconut oil, and roast on a baking tray in hot oven for 14-16 minutes or until browned.
  • 3. Combine onion slices with remaining turmeric and roast on a baking tray in hot oven for 8 minutes or until browned and crisp.
  • 4. Roast sesame seeds in a dry frying pan for a minute until they change colour to golden brown. Separately pan roast peanuts for 2 minutes on high heat until they change colour to a light golden brown.
  • 5. Dry roast chilies in a small frying pan until they change colour, about 1 minute. Crush chilies in a mortar and keep aside.
  • 6. Combine okra, tomato, roasted onion, and 3 tablespoons coriander in a bowl. Season with pepper and mix.
  • 7. Crush half the sesame seeds and peanuts in a mortar. Add to salad along with ½ teaspoon of the roasted crushed chilies (or to taste.) Keep remaining crush chilies to use in another dish.
  • 8. Combine dressing ingredients in a mixing bowl. Pour dressing over salad, tossing well to combine. Garnish with remaining sesame seeds and peanuts.


    Serves: 4, as a side salad
    Ingredients: 16
    Prep Time: 25 minutes
    Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Critical Ingredients

If you feel roasting chilies is tedious, ready crushed chilies can be substituted. The original recipe calls for onions to be fried, so if you don’t have an oven, go ahead and fry the onion slice. The oil in which these are fried is usually added to the dressing. You can substitute any neutral oil for coconut oil. If you don’t have sesame seeds, leave them out, or add half a teaspoon of sesame oil to the dressing. This salad is usually salty, I have added brown sugar for sweetness, which you can leave out.

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