Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Bhendi (Okra) Masala

Today I was in mood to cook something very simple. So, I decided to make bhendi masala and Indian Chapatis for lunch. I like to cook bhendi this way because it is really loved by everyone and also very easy to cook.
I am aware that many people have a love / hate position when it comes to okra, but this delicious dish will turn the most adamant "anti okra" person into an absolute okra lover!

Preparation Time : 15 minutes
Cooking Time : 15 minutes

Serves : 4

Ingredients :

1/2 kg fresh bhendi (okra)
1 big onion cut finely lengthwise
1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp kitchen king masala
2 green chillies slit into half
3 tbsp oil
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste


  • Wash the bhendi and cut it lengthwise into 1" long strips
  • Take a bowl. Combine the bhendi with all the above spices and oil and mix it well.
  • Take a non-stick pan. Heat some oil in it.
  • Then add the cumin seeds. Allow them to crackle.
  • Then fry the onion nicely till slightly brown.
  • Then add the bhendi blended with spices and mix well.
  • Cook on slow heat for about 15 minutes.
  • Do not add water and do not cover the pan
  • Be careful to see that the bhendi does not stick to the pan. Keep stirring in between.
  • Delicious bhendi masala is now ready to eat
  • Serve hot with Indian chapattis.

Tip : When purchasing okra, look for young okra pods with a bright green color and a length of 2-3 inches. These smaller okra pods tend to be typically more tender than the larger ones.

In order to reduce the "sliminess" that is often associated with okra, try adding some lime juice to it while cooking and keep stirring it while cooking

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