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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Stir Fried Okra /Bhindi Recipe

Vegetables have a lot to do for the betterment of our health. I cannot ignore veggies due to its vitamin content, I can surely survive without any non-veg meals, but I cannot continue to live without veggies. My life feels complete with a daily dose of vegetables, but it's not that I like all types of veggies, I am a cluster bean and okra hater! Unfortunately, these two veggies, especially "okra" is available in year round in Mumbai. For this reason mama tried to cook this selective smooth, bright green and fresh okra every week. She always have presented this green veggie in different taste and look by adding yogurt or buttermilk in her okra recipe's, its white color that blends perfectly with any meal giving a thick and a little sour taste. I like the mild tart taste of yogurt coming from raita or salad, curry or just buttermilk! This little idea of adding yogurt in okra has changed its overall impression.

I think okra is the only veg that is available not only in Mumbai but elsewhere. It's like where ever I go, okra follows! The quick fix when I have nothing in the house for lunch routine, I would simply scrap an avocado onto my piece of bread, "avocado toast" like it was a thing! Or simply spread nutella over a bread!

Now, some time later and many fads in-between, okra is getting in. Okra that happens to be stir fried and served with hot chapati's, say it was lunch and you couldn't be bothered to go out to the store. 

I have made this nice little recipe to have in your back pocket for those days when lunch or dinner needs to be cozy and comforting, but also tasty. This recipe is the quickest, easiest & tasty dish you can pack in your tiffin for lunch. 

The best part is that you don't have to struggle for different ingredients in grocery stores for preparation. All you have to do is, chopped those cute little tomatoes & onions & here you're ready for cooking! This is the best vegetable recipe for me as it turns out effortlessly delicious.

Stir Fried Okra Recipe

Stir Fried Okra, Bhindi Recipe

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: Less than 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2 persons

1 cup chopped Okra or Bhindi
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 large chopped tomatoes
1 medium size chopped onion
1-2 tablespoon red chili powder
1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon cumin seeds powder or zeera powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder or dhania powder
1/2 teaspoon of amchur powder or you can use lemon juice as a substitute of amchur or raw mango powder
Salt to taste.

  • Clean the okra by washing 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.
  • In a pan, heat 2 tablespoon oil & add half teaspoon cumin seeds and let them pop. Add chopped okra pieces and fry them until its stickiness goes away. Fry them for 5 minutes on a medium flame. Turn off the flame and remove the okra on a plate.
  • In the same pan, add 1 tablespoon cooking oil, fry thinly sliced onion until transparent. Now add tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Let it cook on a low flame for 5 minutes. 
  • Add 2 tablespoons of red chili powder, half tablespoon of turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of dhania powder or coriander powder and 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds powder or zeera powder. Mix well and add bhindi or okra pieces. Add half cup of water and cover the pan. Let it cook for 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the flame. Add chopped coriander, salt to taste and amchur powder or raw mango powder. Mix well and adjust the spices and salt as needed.
  • Remove to a plate and serve hot with roti's or chapatis and mixed salads. A complete meal with rice and dal fry!
Eating everything is so important for our body. Eat healthy and fresh and stay healthy! :)

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