I had okra for the first time in Amherst. My mom is growing it in her garden. I liked it. My sister Dana made fried okra, and it looks soooo good. Inspired, I sent Alex to buy okra, but only frozen was available. Oh well. I used half a bag of sliced okra, and let it thaw first. It should get slimy, if not let it soak in the buttermilk for a while.
1 c sliced okra
1 c cornmeal
1 T paprika
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
3/4 c buttermilk (or milk soured with vinegar or lemon juice)
1 T chili sauce
Mix the cornmeal, salt, pepper and paprika together in one bowl. In another bowl, mix buttermilk and chili sauce. Working in batches, soak the okra slices in the milk, then shake gently to get rid of drips, and toss in cornmeal mixture. Repeat with all the okra. It's a good idea to have one hand be the dry hand for the cornmeal mix and one hand being the wet hand for the okra and the buttermilk. Heat about an inch of oil to shimmering, and fry okra in batches, you only need about 2 minutes each batch. Taste the first batch, they're good if you sprinkle a little salt on them after they come out of the oil. Eat hot.