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Sesame-Grilled Okra with Tahini Dipping Sauce

Grilled okra pods are tossed with a mixture of Middle Eastern spices and served with a yogurt sauce similar to what is drizzled over falafel. Threading the okra onto skewers keeps them from falling through grill grates and eliminates the hassle of flipping individual okra pods.

Ingredients: 

Ingredient Set Name: 

Spice Mix

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2 Tbs. ground coriander
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2 Tbs. ground cumin
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2 Tbs. sesame seeds
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1 tsp. garlic powder
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1 tsp. smoked paprika
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¼ tsp. cinnamon
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¼ tsp. salt

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Sauce

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¼ cup tahini paste
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2 Tbs. lemon juice (from ½ lemon)
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1 Tbs. plain low-fat yogurt
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1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)

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Okra

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1 lb. okra pods
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1 Tbs. olive oil
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2 Tbs. lemon juice (from ½ lemon)

Instructions: 

1. Soak 8 to 10 bamboo skewers in water 30 minutes.

2. To make Spice Mix: Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Set aside.

3. To make Sauce: Whisk together all ingredients plus 3 Tbs. water in medium bowl. Set aside.

4. Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Thread 4 to 6 okra pods onto each skewer, and brush with oil. Grill 4 to 6 minutes on one side, or until charred. Flip and grill 3 to 4 minutes more. Let cool slightly, and slide okra off skewers into large bowl.

5. Toss okra with lemon juice, then add Spice Mix, and toss again until 
okra is completely coated. Serve warm with Sauce.

Nutrition Information: 

Calories: 
142
Protein: 
5 g
Total Fat: 
10 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
Carbohydrates: 
11 g
Cholesterol: 
<1 mg
Sodium: 
115 mg
Fiber: 
5 g
Sugar: 
2 g
Yield: 
Serves 6