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Okra Balado: Stir-Fried Okra in Chilli Tomato Sauce (Vegan)

Okra Balado: Stir-Fried Okra in Chilli Tomato Sauce (Vegan)

  • Author: Deyana Goh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Vegetables
  • Method: Stir-fry
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Okra balado is an adaptation of the traditional balado dishes from the Padang region of Sumatra, and combines the crunch of okra with the spicy, punchy taste of sambal balado.


  • 200g okra, sliced
  • 5 big red chillies, stem removed
  • 2 bird’s eye chillies, stem removed
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 5 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 lime leaves
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, sliced and bruised
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt to taste

    okra balado ingredients


  1. Blend the chillies and garlic into a fine paste.

    blend the chilies and garlic

  2. In a wok, heat the cooking oil up over high heat.
  3. Add the shallots. Saute until they soften, around 3 min.
  4. Add the blended chilli paste. Saute until the liquid has evaporated, around 3 min.
  5. Add the lemongrass and tomato. Saute until the tomatoes are well-cooked, and the colour turns into a deep orange. Around 7 min.
  6. Add salt and lime leaves. Mix well.
  7. Increase the heat to high. Fry for about 5 minutes, or until the slime disappears. 
  8. Serve immediately.

    Serve the okra balado


  • Adjust the spice level by adding or subtracting the bird’s eye chilies, not the big red chilies

Keywords: Common ingredients, quick and easy, healthy, spicy