Bhindi Masala

by Kiran on May 29, 2011 · 22 comments

in Indian, Sides, Vegetarian

Good morning!!!

It’s rare for a foodie/recipe post early Sunday morning. But I’ve been unwell these past few weeks and there’s a lot to catch up from my kitchen into yours. The star of today’s recipe is OKRA! Not everyone loves this slimy and tasteless vegetable, albeit there are many recipes out there to zone out the sliminess. Some old-school methods are:

  • Adding something acidic such as vinegar, lemon juice, mango powder or tomatoes to help reduce sliminess.
  • Cooking with the pod, intact. No chopping.
  • Salt is used only at the end of cooking.
  • Quick stir-fry’s and deep fried!
  • Wash and pat dry thoroughly before usage.
  • Avoid using water during cooking process, unless okra is used …

for soups/stews/gumbos as the sliminess actually acts as a thickening factor.

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Chopping board and even knives are not spared from sliminess

I would recommend using a shallow huge skillet to allow even cooking of okras instead of cramming it on top of each other, that would eventually create steam and convert into moisture. And you don’t want moisture to create slime, or do you? Don’t say I didn’t warn ;)

Come to think of it, okra was a turn off while growing up. I mean, who loves okra during childhood? Anyone?

I’ve said it before, and I am saying it again. My kitchen has poor lighting. It badly needs windows. Or a Kitchen Aid stand-mixer *hint* ;)

Deliciously spiced okra best eaten with chapati, bread or rice. Heck, it’s delicious on its own.

Need to post a chapati recipe soon. Might involve a video.

If you love Okra, you would love this recipe. Oh, did I mention, Bhindi Masala translates to Spiced Okra? :D

What’s your favorite Okra recipe?

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb okra, cleaned and diagonally sliced.
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp mango powder/lemon juice
  • 1-2 slitted green chilies or (1/2 tsp red chilli powder)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp garam masala
  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. Heat cooking oil in skillet on medium heat. Wait for oil to heat before adding cumin seeds.
  2. Add onions and fry till fragrant and slightly caramelized. This would take about 5 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle turmeric powder and grated ginger. Fry for a minute.
  4. Throw in okras, mango powder and chopped tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes until tomatoes are soften.
  5. Add green chillies and garam masala. Fry till okra is tender to bite.
  6. Sprinkle salt to taste, stir and serve hot with chapati, roti or rice.

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1 marla May 29, 2011 at 2:50 PM

I don’t generally reach for okra, but I am sure you can convince me with this recipe :)

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2 Kiran June 1, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Marla,
Okra’s are abundance now that they are in season. Try this recipe and let me know how it tastes :)

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3 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 29, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Ok so I’ve never cooked with okra. Awful, huh! I like it, just never cook with it at home. Must change that!

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4 Kiran June 1, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Averie,
I LOVE YOUR BLOG! And is it weird to say that I am a “lurker” as well? :) Not awful, but you must try this recipe some day. It’s easy and delicious, I promise.

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5 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) June 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM

i had no idea you read my blog…I’m flattered! I would and will be trying this recipe.

I’d love it if you could cook it for me, truly authentic style, of course :)
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6 Kiran June 2, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Averie,
Come over to Orlando, and I would gladly oblige :)

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7 Ciki May 29, 2011 at 8:48 PM

what a fabulous post.. makes me hanker for ladies fingers! My mom used to cook the best sort !! :D
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8 Kiran June 1, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Ciki,
Thanks honey.. LOL, lady fingers is what we refer to back home. I remember having a hard time when I first arrived in US. Over here, lady fingers are sponge cake pieces used in tiramisu recipes. Haha! Are you accepting guest post? I would be honored to include one from seas apart ;)

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9 Khürt L. Williams May 29, 2011 at 11:10 PM

I’m not a big fan of okra. I find it too slimy. My grandmother was the only person who could prepare it so that I would eat it. However, your recipe has m mouth watering.
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10 Kiran June 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Khurt,
I was never a big fan of okra while growing up. With this recipe, it tones the sliminess down to a notch and tastes delicious with bread. Dare to try this recipe? :)

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11 Bakerbynature May 30, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Seriously, I love me some okra… but then again I have yet to find a vegetable I can’t make delicous. This recipe looks fantastic!

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12 Kiran June 1, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Ashley,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for your comments. If you love Okra, give this recipe a try and let me know how it tastes :)

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13 Miri Leigh May 31, 2011 at 12:50 AM

Looks like a great recipe! Thanks for posting!
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14 Kiran June 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Miri,
Thanks dear!

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15 carolinaheartstrings May 31, 2011 at 3:26 PM

This recipe looks delicious. Glad you are back posting great looking food. Hope you feel better soon.
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16 Kiran June 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM

CHS,
Thanks honey. I am feeling a lot better now, and its great to be back into regular blogging :)

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17 Mary May 31, 2011 at 8:41 PM

I don’t eat a lot of okra, but your recipe just might change that. This is my first visit to your blog and I decided to spend some time browsing through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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18 Kiran June 1, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Mary,
You’ve visited my blog before :) Try this okra recipe and let me know what do you think. Thanks for the compliments dear. It’s readers’ like you who’d made me a better food blogger.

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19 sonia June 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

hi Kiran, The bhindi is looking absolutely delightful. The recipe is so nicely made and presented. Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day….Sonia !!!
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20 Kiran June 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Hi Sonia,
Thanks dear and I hope you and your family enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for your humble words and support!

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21 Aggie June 25, 2011 at 7:39 AM

You make this look so easy Kiran! I have an obsession with indian flavors, your dish looks amazing & delicious! I actually like okra, when cooked right, just started enjoying it in my adult years :)

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22 Kiran June 28, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Aggie,
Thanks dear! And this recipe is so simple. Come over for some Indian feasts. I would definitely feature this okra recipe. Let’s feast together :)

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