This is a simple Vegetarian side dish for lunch that is popular in many Anglo-Indian homes. Lady Fingers or Okra is also known as ‘Bandy Coy’ in Anglo-Indian parlance. The Tamil word ‘KAI’ meaning ‘vegetable’ eventually became ‘Coy’ in Anglo-Indian English and Vegetables such as ‘BANDICOY’ (lady fingers), Snake Coy (Snake Gourd), Peking Coy (Ridge Gourd) etc were some examples of these ‘Tamilised’ English words that were part and parcel of Anglo-Indian vocabulary. It makes a lovely combination with steamed rice and any meat curry 

1/2 kg okra / lady fingers

2 potatoes, boiled, peeled and cut into small pieces

2 onions chopped finely, 

A few curry leaves

3 Dry Red Chillies , broken into bits

1 Teaspoon chopped garlic and ginger

 2 teaspoons black pepper powder, 

½ teaspoon turmeric powder,

 2 tablespoons oil, 

salt to taste


Cut the okra / ladyfingers on a slant into medium size pieces.

fry in hot oil a little at a time for a few minutes.
The okra should be cooked but still crunchy.

Drain and keep aside 

 In the sam pan, add the onions, curry leaves, Red Chillies, chopped garlic and ginger and fry till golden brown.

Add the potatoes, black pepper powder, salt, turmeric powder, and saute for a few minutes till the potatoes take on the flavour

 Now add the fried okra / lady fingers and mix well.
Cook on low heat for a few minutes to allow the Okra to absorb the flavours.

Garnish with browned onions.

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