Bhindi/okra is a very polarizing vegetable. Poeple love it or hate it very easily. Anyone who hates it has probably memory of it being slimy or mushy. I don’t blame them..I would hate it too 🙂 But if prepared well, this tasty dish can be a wonderful accompaniment for dal rice or chapati or thaiyir sadam (yogurt rice)…this list just goes on! This vegetable is high in fiber and low in calories. It is known to prevent colon cancer, help in weight loss, control blood sugar, improve immunity, improve memory..the list can go on here too…so falling in love with it is not that bad of a choice 🙂
Okra: 300 g
Onions: 2 thinly sliced
Tomatoes: 2 chopped
Green chillies: 3 slit
Garlic: 1 tsp finely crushed
Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
Corriander powder: 1 tbsp
Cumin powder: 1 tsp
Chili powder: 2 tsp or to taste
Garam masala: 1/4th tsp
Sugar: 1/4 tsp
Cilantro leaves: Quarter cup finely chopped
Salt to taste
Wash and wipe the okra/ladies finger. Cut into medium sized pieces. Tip: Never wash the bhindi after cutting them. First wash them, wipe it and let it dry for few minutes before cutting it into pieces.
Slice onions, tomatoes and green chillies. Also, finely crush the garlic.
Heat oil in a pan and add the okra. Saute on medium flame. Tip: A non stick pan is the best choice of vessel for this dish. This way you do not need to use a lot of oil for this step.
Add turmeric to the okra and keep stirring till the stickiness goes away. Only then add salt. Do not add it before as salt can cause the water to be released from the okra making it more difficult to get rid of the stickiness without getting it mushy.
When it is done, transfer it to a plate or bowl.
To the same bowl, add oil and sauté garlic till the raw smell goes away.
Add onion and green chilly and cook on medium flame for 2 minutes.
Then add chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and garam masala and stir for 2 minutes.
Add chopped tomatoes to this and cook till half done.
Then add okra, mix and add quarter cup of water and ¼ tsp of sugar. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add cilantro leaves to this and stir.