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September 18, 2007

THE MAGICAL JOURNEY OF...BHINDI MASALA

  LET ME TAKE YOU ON A MAGICAL OKRA JOURNEY

 okra flower                 

the pretty okra flower.....

  fresh okra                 

turns into fresh-green okra.....

 okra slices       

is sliced into roundels....

 row of spices           

with the addition of these.....

(from left to right row -cumin pwdr, salt, red-chilli, turmeric, amchur, and garam-masala)

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TURNS INTO THIS - DELICIOUS BHINDI MASALA!

now for the recipe....

Ingredients-

  • okra- 1/2 kg
  • onion-1 large
  • cumin powder-1 tsp
  • red chilli-1/2 tsp.
  • turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp.
  • amchur(dried mango pwdr.)-1 tsp
  • garam masala-1 tsp
  • salt- acc. to taste
  • oil- 2 tbsp.

Method-

Heat oil in a heavy bottom skillet, add the okra and chopped onion,cover and cook till okra is tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside, stirring occassionally , be careful not to stir too much as it will cause more of the sticky stuff to ooze out.

Lastly add all the spices and salt ,give a quick stir and serve hot with chapatis or paranthas .

Tips for handling okra-

For a beginner making okra  for the first time it can turn into a nightmarish experience if proper precautions are not taken, these are some tips I have found useful-

  • Always wash and DRY the okra before starting whether on paper towels or under the fan, the drier the okra is the less gummy liquid it will ooze out, i have even discovered that cutting it up and storing in an airtight container in the fridge for a day also helps.
  • Try to keep the stirring to a minimum because that causes the okra to break up and again more gum
  • Always buy fresh,tender okra that snaps easily and is not too big or hard  to the touch.
  • Always add salt and spices at the end of the cooking process

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6 comments :

Srivalli September 18, 2007 at 1:20 PM  

Hi Bindiya...you have such a lovely blog...this bhindi masala looks just out of the world...

Cinnamon September 18, 2007 at 1:28 PM  

The Okra Flower looks lovely... and Delicious looking Bhendi Masala.
Thanks for the useful tips :)

Anonymous ,  September 18, 2007 at 4:12 PM  

The okra journey was fabulous..infact very innovative.

Asha September 18, 2007 at 5:53 PM  

Delicious, love Bhindis!:))

Ashish Mohta September 18, 2007 at 7:18 PM  

The way of presentating the images , from flower to bhindi, was a good idea. It gives a complete picture. This is one of my favorite .

bhags September 19, 2007 at 5:41 AM  

ur sabzi looks crisp and spicy....fabulous pics....i love okra masala

nice blog, my first time here

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