It is either sauteed or added to gravy based preparations.
I am making a sweet n sour curry which is called as the Bendakaya Gojju in telugu or vendakai puli kulambu in tamil.
1.5 cups of medium cut okra
1cup of shallots cut into half
½ cup tomato puree
2.5 cup tarmarind water
½ cup water
1tbsp gramflour (besan)
1tsp Chilli powder
1tsp Coriander powder
½ tsp mustard seed
½ tsp cummin seed
½ tsp fenugreek seed
In a pan add oil and saute both okra and shallots for 5 minutes in a medium heat.
In to the same pan add tarmarind water, water, turmeric and salt. Let it come to a boil.
The okra should become tender. Now add tomato puree, coriander powder, chilli powder, jaggery and let it come to a boil again in medium heat. Mix gram flour in 1tbsp water and add it to the gravy to achive considerable thickness. If you want you can increase the amount of chilli powder for more heat. I prefer less.
Now temper it with the given ingredients and relish it with rice or dosa . It goes great with both.