Shrimp and Okra Bhuna

We love using local ingredients to make international dishes like this Shrimp and Okra Bhuna. Come out to the market this week for green and burgundy okra and gorgeous fresh caught Louisiana shrimp.


  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • salt
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 tablespoons corn oil, divided
  • 4 button mushrooms, halved
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, sliced in thin strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic
  • pinch of turmeric powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • salt
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup cut okra
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges (for garnish)
  • chopped cilantro (for garnish)


In a bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, oil, paprika, turmeric powder, cayenne, and salt; mix well. Add shrimp, cover, and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy wok or heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, cumin, coriander, garlic, turmeric, cayenne, and salt. Cook, adding a little water from time to time to keep the vegetables from scorching. When vegetables are done, add marinated shrimp, tomato, and cilantro. Reduce heat and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are done.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a separate pan until smoking hot. Add okra and fry until lightly browned, then add to shrimp-vegetable mixture. Serve hot, garnished with tomato wedges and cilantro.

Serves 4

Recipe compliments of Shalimar Indian Cuisine

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