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Garlic clove - 1 minced
Onions - 6 (chopped)
Green pepper - 1 (chopped)
Corn oil - 3 tbsp
Froze sliced okra - 250 gms (partially thawed)
Whole tomatoes - 2 cans (400 gms)
Water - 3 cups
Salt - 2 tsp
Pepper - 1/4 tsp

Tabasco sauce - 2 drops
Bay leaf  - 1
Raw rice - 1/4 cup
Frozen deveined shrimp - 450 gms
Frozen crab meat - 175 gms (thawed)
Oysters - dozen
Parsley - 3 tbsp (chopped)
File powder
Boiled rice


  • Saute garlic, onions, and green pepper in hot oil in Dutch oven.
  • Add okra, tomatoes, water, seasonings and raw rice; bring to boil.
  • Cover; reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes.
  • Add frozen shrimps; stir.Return to boil; cover. Simmer 3 minutes.
  • Add crab meat, oysters, and parsley; simmer until heated, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaf. Place about 1/8 tsp file powder in each soup bowl.
  • ladle gumbo into  bowls; stir gently to mix all ingredients.
  • Add mound of hot cooked rice to each bowl.
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Dondakaya Masala (Gherkins Masala) curry

Dondakayalu - 250gms
Onions - 2
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Tamarind juice - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4tsp
Salt to taste

For Masala paste:
Peanuts -1 tbsp, Red Chillies - 3 no.'s, Gingely seeds - 1tbsp, Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp, coconut powder - 1tbsp,  cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Cut the onions into small pieces. Slit the dondakayalu into 4 long pieces. Dry roast all the masala ingredients and grind to make fine powder. Heat the oil add jeera when it crackles add onions. Fry onions for 5 minutes add dondakayalu, turmeric and salt. Cook for another 5 minutes the add the masala powder, tamarind juice and some water. Cook the curry till the oil floats. This curry goes well with rice and roti.