Okra or Bhindi is a vegetable made in almost all parts of India. It is one of the vegetables which most kids love. Mine loves it too. I am certain that the lunch box from school will return empty on the days “Bhindi – Roti” is given.
Masala bhindi is normally a spicy preparation , wherein the okra is slit horizontally and the mix of spices are filled in. It is a very time consuming process especially if one needs large quantities, so I prefer to cut the okra into half, and then cook with the spices.
This recipe is a combination of masala bhindi ( okra filled with spices ) and kurmuri bhindi (deep fried okra). I avoid deep frying as much as I can so, I fry the okra in an air fryer and then cook it with little oil in a pan. There is no compromise in taste, and no guilt too. I also add a little gram flour, which gives a very nice earthen flavour when roasted well.
|Prep Time||30 minutes|
|Cook Time||45 minutes|
- 1 kilogram Bhindi Okra /
- pinch asafoetida of
- pinch fenugreek seeds of
- pinch caraway seeds of
- 1.5 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons gram flour
- 2 tablespoons Coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 4 teaspoons mango powder dry
- 2 green chilli
- to taste salt
- Wash the okra , drain all the water and wipe each okra dry. It is very important to dry the okra , no traces of water should be left
- Slit the okra into halves, length wise.
- Spray or brush 1/2 a tablespoon oil on okra and fry it in air fryer. If you do not have a air fryer, you can deep fry the okra
- In a big pan ( Big pan as you need enough space to toss the okra ), heat oil.
- Add asafoetida, after 10 seconds add fenugreek seeds.
- When the fenugreek seeds turn red, add caraway seeds and fry for 10 seconds
- Add gram flour and roast it on low flame for 10 minutes or till it changes colour from light yellow to brown. Nice earthen smell will fill your kitchen.
- Add okra and evenly sprinkle all the spices.
- Cook for 10 minutes , every 2-3 minutes with two forks toss the okra.
- Add green chillies and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Serve warm with Chapati / Paratha. Goes well with Daal or Raita
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