The not-so-loved okra has got all the make-over in this recipe to get at its best with the flavorful Indian spices!
I told you in my last post that I am playing safe, didn’t I? And I proved it again!
I am sharing yet another household recipe of mine – the spicy okra masala or bhindi (as in okra) masala as we call it. I make this quite frequently because of my and my husband’s eternal love for Okra! (So okra is a very-much-loved veggie in our home you see!)
You may not like okra because of its laces and I can’t blame you. That’s a not-so-loving characteristic of okra anyway. But before cooking, if you wash and dry them using a kitchen towel, they will get a lot better.
I discovered this recipe on Youtube and after I made it for the first time, it took a permanent place in our weekly menu. This is minimal fuss dish which I love to cook on weeknights. You must make this once and trust me this crispy green veggie won’t disappoint you this time!
- Okra (Bhindi) – 400 gms, chopped
- Onion – 1, medium, sliced
- Tomato – 1 & ½, finely chopped
- Garlic Paste – ½ tsp
- Ginger Paste – ½ tsp
- Coriander Leaves – ½ cup
- Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
- Red Chilli Powder - ½ tsp
- Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
- Raw Mango Powder (Aamchur Powder) – ¼ tsp
- Garam Masala – ½ tsp
- Coriander powder – ½ tsp
- Cumin powder – ½ tsp
- Vegetable oil – 4 tbsp
- Salt to taste
- Sesame seeds for garnish
- Cut the okra into 1 inch long pieces.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and add mustard seeds to it. Add okra and stir well. When the okra is fried and cooked, take them out and set aside.
- Next heat the remaining oil. Add ginger paste, garlic paste and chopped onions and sauté for few minutes.
- When the onions become translucent and soft, add chopped tomatoes. Stir well to combine everything.
- Next add the powdered spices – turmeric, red chilli, cumin, coriander and raw mango powder. Mix well.
- Sauté for a couple of minutes and then add garam masala & salt to taste. Cook till the tomatoes are nice and soft.
- Then add coriander leaves and stir well.
- Tip in the fried okra to the onion and tomato mix. Toss the pan to coat all the okra with the spices. Adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Garnish the spicy okra with sesame seeds and serve hot with roti or any kind of Indian flatbread.