Okra is not one of the most popular vegetables. It doesn't get oohs and ahhs like ramps do. Or unconditional love like fresh peas. Okra is strange looking, and runs a high risk of being all slime and no taste. But just because okra is challenging to cook for those of us that didn't grow up with this green pod, that does not mean that you should forget about it. No, okra should be mastered.
When okra is made just right, like when it's southern fried, it's impossible to resist. It's a staple in New Orleans cuisine as well as Indian dishes, but okra is also awesome in simple preparations -- like when it's lightly salted and char grilled.