Curry Pickled Okra

These spicy Indian-inspired okra pickles are a surprising savory treat alone, or dipped in a refreshing raita.

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  • Servings: 3 one-pint jars
  • Time(Other): plus 1 week

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  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh whole okra
  • 3 dried red chile peppers
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black or white peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry ginger
  • 1 tablespoon red curry powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • Kosher salt

How to make this recipe

  1. Divide the okra evenly between 3 sterile canning pint jars. Place 1 dried chile, 1 clove of garlic, and one cinnamon stick into each jar.

  2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water, vinegar, mustard seeds, peppercorns, turmeric, red chile flakes, celery seeds, dry ginger, curry powder, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of kosher salt for the brine. Stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved and spices are blended. Once the mixture has reached a rolling boil, pour the pickling brine as evenly as possible into the jars. Seal the jars in a hot water bath according to the jars' package instructions and store in a cool, dry place for at least a week.

Make Ahead

Pickled okra should last up to 6 months in a sealed jar when stored in a cool, dry place. Refrigerate after opening.

Contributed By Photo © Emily Farris Published November 2013

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