Monday, May 12, 2008
Potluck Meme - Spicy Okra (Bhindi masala)
A few days back I bought these really tender, tiny fresh okras and I couldn't wait to cook them. Okra is a favourite vegetable in our family, but there are many who do not like them because they can turn a bit slimy if not prepared properly.
This may take a bit of time, but the result is worth the effort.
Since the okras I got were small, I washed them, wiped them with a towel and cut off their ends and slit them about 3/4 their length.
With the long okras, I usually cut them into three pieces.
For 300 grams of okra/bhindis,
Make a paste with :
coriander powder - 2 tsp
red chilli powder -1 tsp
turmeric pwder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
marinate the okras in the paste, I put a bit of the paste into the slits too.
In a non-stick pan, add 1 tsp oil and shallow-fry the okras till the okras darken. Keep aside.
Cumin seeds -1 tsp
Onion - 1 sliced lengthwise
tomato - 1 big Blanched, peeled and chopped(can use tomato puree also)
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1 bunch chopped fine
Take a pan, heat 1 tbsp oil, (or less), add the cumin seeda, once they splutter, add the onions, fry till golden brown then add the tomato,add the garam masala and wait till it boils. Once the oil comes on top, add the okras and wait till the gravy starts sticking to the okras. Check the salt and add more if needed .Switch off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves.