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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Okra Cooked with Onions & Tomatoes (Bhindi Pyaz Tamatar Wali)

Indian Vegetarian Main Course Special
Bihari/Punjabi/Uttar Pradesh Cuisine
Okra Cooked with Onions & Tomatoes (Bhindi Pyaz Tamatar Wali)
Serves 2-3

English- LadyFinger/Okra 
Hindi- Bhindi
Kannada- Bhendekayi
Malayalam- Vendakka
Tamil- Vendaikai
Telugu- Bendakaya


Ingredients:
Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- 2 Tbsp.
Fresh LadyFinger/Okra (Bhindi/Bendakaya)- ½ Kg.
Onions- 1 Medium, Finely Sliced
Cumin Seeds (Jeera)- 1 Tsp.
Nigella Seeds (Kalonji)- ½ Tsp.
Green Chillies- 2 No’s, Slit
Turmeric Powder (Haldi)- ¼ Tsp.
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder (Kashmiri Kuti Lal Mirch)- ½ Tsp.
Red Chilli Powder (Kuti Lal Mirch)- ½ Tsp.
Coriander Powder (Kuta Dhaniya)- 1 Tsp.
Salt- To Taste
Tomatoes- 2 No’s, Finely Sliced

Dried Pomegranate Seeds Powder (Anardana)- 1 Tsp. (Optional) or Dried Mango Powder (Amchur)- 1 Tsp. (Optional)

Method:
Wash, Clean, Completely Dry with a Cloth, Trim both the Ends of Bhindi & Keep Aside
Heat Oil in a Wide Non Stick Skillet/Wok (Kadhai)
Add Jeera, Kalonji & Sauté till the Seeds start to Crackle & Flavours Release
Add Onions & Sauté till a Caramelized Golden Brown appears
Add Haldi, Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder, Red Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder & Sauté in Oil
Add Bhindi & Cook Uncovered on Slow Flame till it is Lighter Green & Tender
Sprinkle Salt after Bhindi is Semi Cooked
Add Tomatoes as the Bhindi turns Lighter Green in Colour & is almost Cooked
Sprinkle Anardana/Amchur Powder (As Per Taste)
Serve Hot with Phulka, Simple Dal Fry & Set Curd!

Tips:

So after tasting some Varieties of Bhindi Recipes with my Mom, Family & Friends, we found that as Tasty as Bhindi turns out, it does take a few Tips to get the Perfect Recipe!
For any Bhindi Recipe, make sure follow the Proper Method where the Bhindi is Washed, Cleaned, Completely Dried with a Cloth (Bhindi needs to be Completely Dry before Cutting into Pieces or else the Cut Bhindi will be Sticky during Sauteing/Frying), Trimmed at both Ends

Avoid the Cover while Cooking Bhindi as it tends to get Sticky, rather Cook on Slow Flame for one of the Best Recipes!

Variations:
For authentic East Indian Style of Cooking, one of the Tempering used with Bhindi is 'Panch Phoran' or the mix of 5 Spices
Heat Oil, add Panch Phoran, Hing, next steps remain the same till the final stages when Amchur is added with few Pinches of Garam Masala is added




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