Saturday, June 13, 2009

kashmiri masale ki sukhi bhindi



okra or bhindi is my husband's fav veggie and we grow it in our garden, organic ones......

okra is a very good source of Vit.C , it is a low cal food : 20 calories per half cup sliced okra , it is also a good source of Vit.A , calcium and fibre, but the most interesting benefit of okra comes from the mucilage rich fibre it contains......it soothes the inner lining of stomach n intestines , detoxifies the system and is very gentle on the system unlike bran which irritates the inner lining of stomach when consumed in large quantities.

okra should not be fried to get all the benefits , stirfrying works best as the mucilage from inside the fruit is not decomposed and it gets absorbed into the powdered masalas ( cornmeal or chickpea flour can also be used for this purpose) on the outside...........


A likes it stirfried, and i make many versions of the dish.........basically using different masalas or herbs to impart the okras a different flavor each time .........we eat this particular veggie almost 4-5 times a week.........sometimes i make deep fried crispy okra which is a delicacy of sorts ( very high on oil ) ....and it's calorie count is such that i make it only for 'fries' loving guests.........i make it absolutely low fat for the two of us , but it is very flavorful always and goes well with plain chapatis with a bowl of curds.

it is very simple and quick preparation..........just wash and cut the okras (250 gm) in half , pat dry and keep aside......heat sunflower oil or mustard oil 1 tsp in a deep pan and throw in the okras with salt to taste and stir fry on medium heat for 3-4 minutes .........add 2 tsp of powdered kashmiri masala* ......fry for 2 minutes and it is ready to serve.......the okras should just be cooked and not browned for me and it is good this way as i told above........

to make powdered kashmiri masala*

fennel seeds 1 tbsp
black pepper corns 1 tbsp
cumin seeds 1 tsp
cloves 5 nos.
fenugreek 1/2 tsp
cinnamon 1 inch stick

dry roast all these spices and make a powder along with 8-10 whole red chillies , 1 tbsp gry ginger pwder and 1 tbsp of amchoor ( dry mango) powder and a pinch of asafoetida.....keep in a airtight container for later use........just a tsp of this powder makes any stirfry hot, spicy and flavorful.

16 comments:

  1. very nice recipe..nice masala, interesting...the pic looks really appetizing

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  2. Love Okra, love your version. HOme grown should taste awesome.

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  3. Kashmiri masala sounds delicious, so simple dish!!

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  4. I LOVE bhindi's but J hates them. You should see how much natak he will do to escape eating them-suddenly he will feel unwell, suddenly he will lose his appetite, suddenly he will want to eat only curdrice, suddenly...too many ya!!! Now I don't care I just dump it on his plate and sit with him like HItler till he finishes it :P This one sounds interesting I will surely make it once.

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  5. My whole family loves Bhindi and when I make it usually it's like a whole Kadai full...we don't need any side dish when it's bhindi...Hey will try this one next time...

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  6. thanks all of you..
    hey SJ....same here with karela.....suddenly things become sad when there is karela around....ha ha ......but i still make karela for myself.

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  7. We love bhindi-used to make it almost every week back in India!Here,I haven't found good bhindi-so it's almost a year since I've eaten it :(

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  8. This is a nice way to make Bhindi!!! I love bhindi in any form or kind!!! Love they way you have made them!!!

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  9. Love okra, this is a great preparation! excellent!

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  10. Fried okra looks so delicious. Love to have it with sambar:)

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  11. okra looks perfect.. i am great fan of okra fry!!!.. looks yum.. this is my first visit to ur blog.. got good recipes..

    If u have time pls checkout my blog!!!

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  12. thanks sweta, ramya, 5 star foodie, viki and ashwini...most people like okra and i always make an okra preparation when entertaining guests as it is a safe option ......every household in India has a few okra recipes n it takes any flavor easily.

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  13. You are so right about not frying the okra,stir-fry like this is the best way to eat it:)

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  14. I love bhindi .. and love this new way of making it. Will try for sure. :-)

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  15. tell me sangita, pl post pictures of your garden once and how do u manage to get space in a city like delhi.

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  16. Hi Nirupama... we live in a government apartment and our's is a ground floor one . So even if the apartment is small we have a good space for a front and backyard garden . We have some perennial fruiting trees too but the vegetable garden is in a mess right now , i have not been able to tend the garden for months now ... but now i think i should get into it . Thanks for reminding me.

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