I tried a new way of frying Okra the other night and I was so happy with it that I had to share. Instead of cutting Okra into little chunks, you slice it lengthwise. What you get is thinner and therefore crispier pieces of Okra - what a revelation! I also used a combination of Corn Flour and Cornmeal so more of it stays on, thereby giving it more crunch. I served it with Tomato Chutney and I couldn't stop eating it. I'm going to make Okra this way from now on - it's wonderful!
Fried Okra Take 2
1 pound fresh Okra
1 Egg White (from a large egg)
1/3 cup Corn Flour
2/3 cup medium Corn Meal
1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt (I used Creole Seasoning)
Heat several cups of Oil in a pan with high sides. Rinse the Okra and pat dry with paper towels. Cut each piece of Okra lengthwise into 3 slices.
Put the Egg White into a mixing bowl. Add in the Okra slices and coat thoroughly. In another bowl, mix together the Corn Flour, Corn Meal and Seasoned Salt. Add to the Okra and toss thoroughly.
Drop several pieces of Okra into the hot oil. Cook until light golden brown. Remove to a paper covered towel plate. When all the pieces of Okra are cooked, serve with the sauce of your choice.
Five Element Analysis
Okra is a fast growing green vegetable so it definitely belongs primarily to the Wood Element, but it's mucilaginous natures makes it a little Earthy too, which makes it very good for your digestion. The Corn Meal and Corn Flour brings in the Earth Element and frying them crisp makes them Fiery too. A hint of Fire is also in the Creole Seasoning as it is a bit spicy. Luckily the Fire Element is also present in the Tomato Chutney. The Water and Wood Elements are missing so be sure to serve this as a starter to a meal that incorporates foods from those elements too.