Drain Fried Food on a Paper Towel If you want to place freshly fried food on a paper towel for a few minutes to absorb some of the oil, that’s fine, but don’t leave it there; the paper towel will trap steam and cause your food to get soggy. A better option is to put fried foods on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. That way, the grease can drip off and steam can escape.
Herb Hack - Cilantro Nothing divides people quite like cilantro, but the faithful few accept no substitutes for brightening up their dishes. Its distinctive flavor pushes through and cools off hotter fare. Cilantro tempers not only spicy foods, but freshly fried foods as well, creating a soothing sensation amidst piping hot cuisine. Recipe: Fried Okra and Shallots with Fresh Cilantros
The Mejadra recipe in Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's Jerusalem: A Cookbook is Tamimi's take on the traditional Arab comfort food combination of rice, lentils, and onions. Here, the rice and lentils are steamed together with a plethora of spices, pilaf style, before adding the pièce de résistance--a smattering of freshly fried onions.
Southern Fried Okra from Food.com: This is another recipe I grew up with. This is passed down from word of mouth, no one has ever written it down before! Fresh, fried okra is soo simple to fix and soo good!