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Tumis Okra: Stir-fried Okra, or Ladies’ Fingers

Tumis Okra: Stir-fried Ladies’ Fingers (Vegan)

  • Author: Deyana Goh
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Vegetables
  • Method: Stir-fry
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Tumis okra is a very simple stir-fried dish which is slightly spicy, and is healthy because of the health benefits of okra. Use a wok or a cast-iron pan, over high heat, to prevent sliminess.


  • 200g okra, slices diagonally
  • 2 big red chillies, sliced
  • 1 red bird’s eye chilli (optional), sliced
  • 4 shallots, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat a wok up over medium heat. Add the vegetable oil, heat it briefly.
  2. Add the shallots and saute until soft, about 3 min.
  3. Add the garlic and chillies. Saute for 1 min.
  4. Increase to a high flame, and add the okra. Stir-fry constantly to prevent burning.
  5. After about 1 min, add salt. 
  6. Continue frying until the okra turns a bright green, is tender, and all the remaining slime has disappeared, around 4 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately.

    Tumis Okra is served!


  • This particular recipe is not very spicy, feel free to adjust the number of bird’s eye chillies you use depending on your preference.

Keywords: Quick and Easy, Common Ingredients, Vegan