food 4 tots

Okra with tomato sauce



Source: My own concoction

110g chicken breast (minced coarsely)
120g okra (lady fingers)
200g tomatoes (or 2 medium sized tomatoes)
½ medium size onion (chopped finely)

3½ tbsp tomato ketchup/ tomato sauce (I used Maggi brand with less salt)
½ tsp light soy sauce
½ tsp sugar
Dash of pepper
1 tbsp water


  1. For minced chicken, marinate with dash of light soy sauce, sugar and corn flour. Refrigerate for at least ½ hour.
  2. For okra, wash and rinse. Remove the top and tip (optional). You can either steam or blanch them. But I prefer steaming as it can retain its nutrients and self-digesting enzymes.
    For steaming: Place the okra on a steaming tray and steam until cooked. Discard water if any.
    For blanching: Add water to a wok/ pot and bring it to a boil. Blanch okra until cooked. Dish up and arrange on a serving plate.
  3. For tomatoes, add some water in a cooking pot and bring it to a boil. (Note: Make sure the water level is enough to cover the tomatoes). Remove the stems. Use the tip of a knife to cut a very shallow “X” on the bottom. . Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water. Keeping them in for just 30 seconds and removing them quickly. Once the tomatoes get cooled, peel off the skin, remove the seeds and chop finely.
  4. Heat up wok with oil. Sauté onion until fragrant.
  5. Add in minced chicken. Do not stir fry immediately. Let it cook with medium heat for a while until it is slightly caramelized. Turn it over and continue to cook until caramelized. This will increase the aroma of the minced chicken. Reduce the heat to low and start to loosen up the minced chicken into small pieces.
  6. Add in tomatoes and mix well.
  7. Add in seasonings and stir-fry until combined. Simmer until the sauce is thicken. Adjust the taste according to your own preference. If it is too sour, add dash of sugar. If it is too sweet, add dash of light soy sauce. If the tomato gravy is too dry, add dash of water.
  8. Pour it over the cooked okra and serve immediately.
If you like this article, please share:

Pin It!


  1. anncoo says:

    This is interesting. I always cook Okra with
    sambal chilli only. Will try to make this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. homeladychef says:

    For kids, they don’t enjoy chili, tomato sauce is the good substitute. Oh ya, I store my beloved chili padi in a zip lock bag and put into the freezer and it works. it lasts longer. Nice pictures as always!

  3. wow wow…I must try this! They look so beautiful, appetizing and delicious.

  4. Ching says:

    Beautiful picture! I never steam my okra whole like that as it’s harder to eat but make beautiful presentation though.

    • food-4tots says:

      Ching: Tks! Steaming the whole okra is to prevent the formation of the slimy liquid. Then cut them into your desired length after steaming. Usually I will cut into chunks for my son. 😉

  5. I gal loves okra very much. She can eat straight after steam it. Now I think with this recipes she will loves it more. Will try this out since it is very easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing! And how’s the trip to KL?

    • food-4tots says:

      FoOd PaRaDise: Like your gal, I love to eat them the same way. It was my childhood’s fav! We enjoyed ourself very much. Eat, sleep, eat, sleep………LOL!

  6. beachlover says:

    beautiful dish especially the combination color! still didn’t try non spicy okra yet! hmmm must train my daughter to try this veges:)

  7. NKOTB says:

    I always thought ladies finger can be eaten with sambal, but this is definitely new to me. thanks for sharing.

  8. Alice says:

    Lovely little simple dish! I would polish it clean too because okra is one of my favourites. Cute little font, brilliant photographs! 🙂

  9. At first I thought it was chillies with okra lol…. wow, this is great, my daughter should loves it, she is a fan of okra, eggs and tomato source.
    Thanks for recipe 🙂

  10. felicia says:

    ahhh. i was starting to wonder where you disappeared to! 🙁
    mm i love ladies fingers! theyre awesome fried with shrimp chilli.

  11. JC says:

    Love your new recipe, starting to worry as you didn’t blog for so long! Btw nice photo shoot. You make me drooling by just looking at this photo. 10 more mins till my lunch time, hope to find something nice to eat later… hungry… hungry…

  12. Little Inbox says:

    I can’t wait to give this a try! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  13. Lovely pictures!
    This quick and simply dish is wonderful, very healthy. Yeah, you always cook healthy dishes for your family.

  14. tigerfish says:

    I cooked okra with tomatoes recently too. But perhaps the non-toddler friendly version cos I cooked it with Indian spices. Will post it soon 🙂

  15. I’ve never had okra this way, looks and sounds so yummy with rice!

  16. allie says:

    I love ladies finger to goes with bird chili in soy sauce. This one looks nutritious and so yummy!

  17. I love okra, truely awesome! 🙂

  18. noobcook says:

    I really love orka, this is such a nice way of cooking it =)

  19. Your presentation of the dish is lovely! I really like okra, and this sauce sounds delicious with it.

  20. mycookinghut says:

    Lovely recipe and photos! I like how nicely you arrange the okras!

  21. peanutts says:

    Hello, hope you had a good time in KL. :). Your okras look lovely and green, how do I know which ones are the best ones to use for cooking. B’cos some are quite tough and also there is that sticky stuff inside when you cut them.

    • food-4tots says:

      Peanutts: Yeah, I had a good time and now too lazy to go back to my routine. 😉 Please refer to this link on how to choose okra. Some recommend to add tomato or acidic ingredients to reduce the slimy texture. Some use deep-frying method. I prefer to steam the entire stem intact than slicing them. Hope it helps. 😉

  22. Selba says:

    A new way of cooking okra. I usually cook okra with mie sua and egg 🙂

  23. Ooooh what a nice way to serve okra. I’m not really a fan of okra but I guess I am not. Yum.

  24. Okra is my favorite vegetable, after tomato & sweet potato. That looks delicious!

  25. Dora says:

    Looks as good as those with sambal chilli!;)
    Well done.

  26. tracieMoo says:

    I’ve never thought of okra this way! I love this vege. Sounds very interesting to try 🙂

  27. AnnaSim says:

    Do u think this tomato sauce will work well on pan fried brinjal/egg plant too? I don’t eat okra but i love the tomato sauce here :p

Leave a comment