Bhindi Masala is a dry side dish with either some curry or daal . It is stuffed with basic spices and garlic . A simple everyday dish , but yet a favourite of many .
Call it Bhindi , Okra or Lady Fingers , this is one veggie which is our favourite . My kids are very fond of it too . As a kid mom would have to make this in two versions , the Masala Bhindi and the Tukde Wali Bhindi . My brother refused Masala Bhindi and just to give importance I would want Masala ones . When I think of those days I laugh , how our parents pampered us !
Years passed and when we went to Delhi during vacations , the first meal was Masala Bhindi and Mattar Paneer . Mandatory , every year . Girls called it Naani ki Bhindi , the love for these bhindi’s was so much that anyone flying to Tokyo , Chennai or Ahemedabad would have to carry a box of cooked Bhindi Masala – yes the Naani ki Bhindi . I have tried my best to make these bhindi’s like mom , but can we ever reach that level , No , not me at least .
The spices that go in are our basic ones , addition of just a clove or two makes a world of difference . The cooking does require a little extra oil and it is hard to cook these as a low cal veggie , unless you would want to steam them or perhaps cook in MW . The Masala Bhindi’s pairs very well with roti or paratha . I love to sandwich them in a soft bread slice , you could even make a wrap with them while you are travelling .
I had cooked these with vegetable Kofta and Rice cooked in a Pressure Cooker for our April Mega Marathon .
500 gms lady fingers
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp dry mango powder
2 cloves garlic , very finely chopped
Salt to taste
3-4 tbsp oil
Wash and wipe the lady fingers .
Chop off head and tails , and slit them without cutting through and through .
Mix all the spices , along with garlic .
Stuff this spice into the slits.
Add oil to a kadahi or a pan .
Add the stuffed lady fingers , sauté for 3-5 minutes on full flame .
Now simmer the flame and place a rimmed kid to cover the pan .
Pour 1/4 cup water over the lid and let the lady fingers cook .
Once they are tender , sauté for a minute on full flame , making sure not to over do as this will disintegrate the bhindis.
Here are some more recipes with Bhindi / Okra