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Friday, April 15, 2016

Delicious Okra Recipe / Bhindi Kadhi

Bhindi Curry, Okra Recipe

Curry is one of the best options for the ladies out there who wants to wrap up cooking, pronto! It is thick, yellowish colored dish that is prepared by using yogurt and chickpea flour over a low flame to win a spicy, tangy and flavorful taste. Mama knows numerous ways to make curry look good and taste good. For that, she tries different fusion with simple curry dish for unique and extra piquant results. Mama always aims to create a healthy curry by adding chopped fenugreek leaves, sometimes drumsticks and also scrumptious fritters. One of her hit and fit recipe is top listed on my veg menu and that's Okra curry.

Name it okra, lady-finger or bhindi - This vegetable is one of the most versatile and popular veggie! Okra or Bhindi is mostly available everywhere in America, Asia & Africa at the beautiful displays in vegetable section of grocery stores. Okra is a highly recommended vegetable to fight depression in a natural way possible. You can make different style of recipes from Okra by giving it different look & taste.

I will be sharing one of my favorite mouth-watering and toothsome veggie "Bhindi kadhi" that I have always been craving for. I have finally managed to make it exactly like my mom's recipe. Special vegetarian dish that is quick, tangy, spicy & delicious at the same time. Try and Enjoy!

Okra Recipe Indian Style / Bhindi Curry

Bhinda Kadhi, Bhindi Kadhi, Bhindi Curry

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 2 persons

20-25 washed and chopped Okra
A few tablespoons of Cooking oil
1 cup, whisk yogurt
2 tablespoons chickpea flour
1 tablespoon garlic paste 
1 tablespoon green chili paste
4-5 curry leaves or curry patta
1 teaspoon cumin seeds or zeera
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds or rai
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder or haldi
2 dried red chili peppers for tempering
1 teaspoon finely chopped coriander leaves or cilantro  
1 cup of water
Salt to taste

Let's go Step-by-Step
Method for Okra Preparation:
  • Clean the okra, Wash it properly, Trim the head & tail of okra. Cut down into pieces. You can even slice okra into diagonal pieces to make it look more attractive & presentable.
  • Now, heat the oil in a pan and add 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds and chopped Okra. Let okra fry uncovered on a medium flame.
  • I always allow okra to cook for 10 minutes until it gets a little shrunk in size & becomes slightly darker in color.
  • Once, okra changes its color. Remove it on a plate and leave it aside.

Method for Okra Curry or Kadhi Preparation:

  • In a bowl, add whisk yogurt, 2 tablespoons of chickpea flour, 1 tablespoon garlic paste, 1 tablespoon green chili paste and half teaspoon turmeric powder.
  • Whisk it properly to avoid lumps. Add little water for making a thick paste.
  • In a pot, heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil, add 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds and let them pop for a few seconds.
  • Later add 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds and 4-5 curry leaves & saute for a few seconds until fragrant.
  • On a medium flame, add the entire chickpeas and yogurt mixture, keep stirring the mixture with the help of a spoon or spatula to avoid curdling or lumps.
  • Let it boil for 5-10 minutes until you don't see the change in the turmeric color. 
  • Mix all the fried okra into the curry and let it cook for 5-8 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup water and further cook uncovered for another 10 minutes.
  • If curry turns too thick, you can add a little bit of water as desired.
Method for Tempering
  • In a small pan, add 1 teaspoon of cooking oil & 2 dried red chili peppers or chili powder or flakes.
  • Let it crackle for a minute.
  • Add this mixture into Okra curry & cover the lid for a few seconds.
  • Now, add chopped cilantro & turn off the flame.
Serve this yummy okra curry with plain rice or indian flatbread. 

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