Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Bhindi Masala (Okra)

Lightly flavored with spices, this gravy with okra is a treat to your taste buds. This is my contribution to Creative Pooja's vegetable of the week.

Ingredients2 cups of Bhindi/Okra (I used frozen okra. If you are using fresh okra, then cut them lengthwise into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
2 medium sized onions chopped
1/2 cup fresh or canned diced tomatoes
3 green chillies slit
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tbsps yogurt
6 to 8 cashew nuts
2 tsps poppy seeds (khus-khus)
1/2 tsp of saunf (aniseed)
Salt to taste
Oil as needed
Fresh coriander for garnish

Method1. Sauté the onions until transparent and set aside.
2. Roast the poppy seeds and cashew nuts separately and make a paste along with the onions.
3. Pour 1 tbsp oil in a pan and sauté the okra until brown. The original recipe calls for deep frying the okra, so I modified it.

Sauteed okra
4. Remove the okra with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
5. To the same pan add the green chillies and saunf.
6. Next add the ground paste, red chilli powder, coriander and cumin powder, garam masala powder and sauté till the oil comes out.
7. Add the diced tomatoes and yogurt and cook for 3-4 minutes till incorporated.
8. Then add the reserved okra and salt. At this stage, you can add water to the gravy and boil for a couple of minutes.
9. Garnish with fresh coriander.

Bhindi Masala

Serve with roti or naan.

Serving size - 1/2 cup
Number of servings - 3 or 4
Recipe adapted from Mallika Badrinath's 'Vegetarian Gravies'


FH said...

I love Bhindi masala.Frozen is not bad at all!At first I thought they get gooey when opened.But I learnt to I thaw them overnight,by morning they are ready to fry.Looks delicious Lakshmi:)

jayakarthik said...

hey lakshmi recipes looks yummy
will try it out
i guess it will b good for chapathi
thanks lakshmi

USHA said...

Hi Lakshmi,

Receipe looks gr8,i never tried in this form, let me sure try this.

Thanks for sharing the receipe

Pooja said...

Hi Laxmi ,
thanks for participating. this is very delicious recipe. I never tried okra this way, as yet I am in India , i will surely try it with fresh okra here. I just love okra, and i am hppy to get good tasty recipe with okra.
thanks for sharing .

Lakshmi said...

bhindi masala, i love it lakshmi.yummy recipe

Vini K said...

Hi Lakshmi,came over from Trupti's blog/Bhindi curry looks nice.Will try your version soon.Thanks for sharing!:)

Anonymous said...

Hi! found your blog on a search for bhindi masala. so far i've only made the standard s.indian style okra fry. this one is so quick to make and delicious. tastes great with anything. thanks for the recipe:)