- Rinse okra in a colander under hot water.
- Heat oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat.
- Saute onion for about 3 minutes.
- Add tomatoes (including juice) and chili, and boil.
- Stir the mixture for 8 minutes.
- Add okra and cook, gently stirring, until okra is tender, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in salt and pepper and discard the chili.