How long it takes: 45 mins
Number of servings: 4-5
Bhenda / Okra is a popular vegetable in all Indian kitchens. This dish turned out so yummy that I now prepare at least once a week. I usually get tender okra from my maid’s garden – fresh and organic – and they look so good that I can hardly wait to enjoy them. This dish makes s a good combo with roti, chapati and also with dal rice and curd rice too. Here is my version of the dish.
What you need to have:
1. Chopped okra – 3 cups
2. Chopped potatoes – 1 cup
3. Chopped onions – 1 cup (for seasoning)
Ingredients of Seasoning & Grinding
1. Choppped green tomato – 1 (optional)
2. Green chilly – 2-3
3. Ginger – 1″ piece
4. Chopped cilantro – 1/2 Cup
5. Roasted peanuts – 2 Tablespoons
6. Dhania-jeera powder – 1 Teaspoon
7. Salt – To taste
Ingredients of Seasoning & Wet Masala
What you do with what you have:
1. Wash, peel and chop potatoes, sprinkle a little salt over them (prevents them from turning black) and keep it aside. Wash and wipe okra with a clean cloth to dry and then chop it to bite size pieces and keep aside as shown in image-1.
2. Wash and chop tomatoes, cilantro. Also wash, peel and chop onions fine and keep aside in the above image. Place a skillet with peanuts on low/medium flame, dry roast till done and when cooled, peel and keep it aside.
2. Grind roasted peanuts, ginger, tomatoes, cilantro green chilly in the mixer adding water in steps to a fine consistency.
3. Place a skillet with a little cooking oil on medium/low flame and fry chopped potato in batches till a little crispy and keep it aside.
Chopped potato being fried
4. In the same skillet with the leftover oil, add chopped onions from step-1 to it and fry till transparent (adding required quantity of salt). When fried add dhania-jeera powder to it.
5. When fried add grind wet masala, chopped okra and a little water to it cook till smooth. Use wooden spatula so that tender bhendi does not get crushed on being cooked.
Chopped Okra cooked in masala
6. When done add fried potatoes from step-3, check for salt and then stir in well. Allow it to thicken.
Fried potatoes are being added to the dish
7. Ready to serve bhendi green masala is as shown in the image below. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Ready to serve Bhendi green masala
How long it takes: 45 minutes
Number of servings: 4-5
Good to remember:
1. Use fresh and tender okra for the dish.
2. One can even add raw peanuts for the masala while grinding.
3. Cook the dish on low flame only as it is likely to get crushed on high flame.