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Apps in a Snap: Battered Okra Bites

Use okra -- a signature southern vegetable -- to fool your friends into thinking this fancy appetizer is anything but fast!

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Apps in a snap: Battered Okra Bites. Here's what you'll need: 1 cup yogurt, 1 cup flour, 1 tsp. lemon zest, 1/2 lb. okra, halved, 3 tsp. ground cumin, 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro, 2 tsp. cornstarch, and oil. For the dipping sauce, mix 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tbsp. lemon zest, 2 tbsp. cilantro and 1/2 cup yogurt. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup flour, 2 tbsp. cornstarch, 2 tsp. cumin, 1/2 cup yogurt, and 1/2 cup water. Dust okra with 1/2 cup flour. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Dip okra in batter and fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. For more recipes and tips go to RachaelRayMag.com.