I made this very simple okra dish last night, it is so simple that it only requires 3 ingredients. It is usually made in Bengal, and is inspired by the main spice mix of Bengal called Panchphoran (which is a medley of 5 whole spices - fenugreek seeds, onion seeds, mustard seeds, fennel seeds and cumin seeds).
2 tablespoons Panchphoran
4 cups fresh okra, ends trimmed off and sliced horizontally into 2 so that you get 2 long pieces
Salt, to taste, about 3/4 teaspoon
Heat oil in a non-stick fry pan and when the oil is hot, add Panchphoran and saute for a couple of minutes.
Add salt and okra, mix carefully so that the panchphoran is spread on all the okra pieces.
Cook for about 15 - 20 minutes, stirring every 3-4 minutes. Serve.]]>