Spicy Okra with Prawns

….. she looked at the clock and dragged herself up immediately from the comfy sofa. She slowly picked up her speed running towards the kitchen with the thought that it was the chance not to be missed. Without much effort, she was tip-toeing into the kitchen. Instantly, a pungent smell travelled through the nostril and caused her sneezed a few times.

She walked near to her mom and asked, “What are you making tonight, mom?” She replied in a motherly voice with a grin while grinding some ingredients in a much professional way, “It’s something that you love.”

She giggled and clapped. She knew what it was going to be. A slight pause, she then continued, “Is that all?” “Of course not, there are another 2 dishes. But, I am preparing one of your favourites first.” A sudden warmth filled her heart and a smile brightened up her face. She jumped, attempting to give her mom a big hug.

“Knock…knock..” It sounded like someone was knocking on the door. The fading noise became louder in seconds. “Wakey! Wakey!” Ahhh… was it a dream? No, it wasn’t. I just fell into a deep thought (again!) while thinking through what I wanted to post. It was one of the scenes back in many many years ago, but still plays vividly in my mind.

So, pungent smell, huh? Something gotta do with chilies, no doubt about it.

It’s spicy okra with prawns – a typical dish that mom makes at home. Okra, is one of the vegetables that you either like or don’t like at all. Due to its slimy texture, some may be put off. However, I love okra a.k.a lady fingers.

Okra and prawns – best combination in heaven, with a hint of spice of the chilies. Spicy Okra with prawns is so delicious that you can eat on its own or just with a bowl of white rice. If you desire a quick meal one of these day, I reckon spicy okra with prawns would be your winning choice! It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare spicy okra and prawns. I am sure you will ask for more after trying this out.


Spicy Okra with Prawns

Yield: 2 persons


1 tbsp sunflower oil
200g prawns
125g okra, sliced
2 tbsp water
a pinch of salt

chili paste:
1 garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped
1cm ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
2 red chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped
3 shallots
1 tbsp lime juice


1. Put all the ingredients, except lime juice for the chilli paste into a food processor or use pestel and mortar and grind until becomes a smooth paste. Add the lime juice and give it a good stir, set aside.

2. Heat the sunflower oil in a wok, put the chili paste and fry until fragrant under medium heat. Then, add the prawns and stir to combine, cook until the prawns become pink. Then, stir in the okra and cook for 3-4 minutes.

3. Season with salt and add 2 tbsp water. Further cook for 5 minutes until the okra is soft.