There really is much you can say about this yummy side dish, or appetizer, whatever you wish.
Again, I had no clue what Okra was until I moved to the States, it's not a vegetable that is available in South Africa or Portugal, but boy is it one of my favorite things ever.
Okra is a pretty sticky vegetable to work with which actually makes it quite easy to coat. You will find a lot of variations and recipes for making the fried okra. Family recipes, favorite recipes all using either flour, or breadcrumbs or panko crumbs, some using just cornmeal, but I like to use a mixture of both flour and cornmeal.
2 lbs Okra, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
Vegetable oil to fry
Drizzle some buttermilk over the okra, just enough to coat it well. Sprinkle on the flour and mix well to ensure that it's all coated. Sprinkle on the cornmeal and once again give it a good stir until all the okra is coated and doesn't stick together.
Fry until golden brown, remove onto paper towels to absorb excess oil. Serve.