Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Simple Ladies Finger Curry | Bhindi Sabzi | Okra Curry

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Ladies finger tops in my list of vegetables and I like it in any form.While I was a kid, I was never fussy about any vegetable and I used to eat all kinds of veggies.My mom made sure that we never have aversion to any vegetable or greens and I am really proud about it now.It is always challenging for me to cook with vegetables, as TH is not fond of many vegetables which makes my choice limited and so I end up repeating the vegetables.The only way we don't get bored is to make various varieties of these vegetables.One of them is, 'Bhindi', which I cook very often.I prefer to cook, dry varieties with bhindi rather than the gravy kind.This is one of the most basic curry recipes with bhindi which I often cook at home.I feel the more simpler is this curry,it tastes better.Hence I do not add any masalas to this curry other than salt and spices.This recipe would be of great help to beginners, as I have mentioned few tips to handle this slimy okra. I hope it helps!!
Simple Bhindi Curry | Sukhi Bhindi Recipe:
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:
250gms Bhindi(Ladies finger,Okra)
2 medium Onions or 15 Small Shallots
2 Green chillies
2 tbsp chopped Coriander
1/2 tsp Black pepper powder or 3/4 tsp Red chili powder
1/2 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
3-4 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
Method:
  • Wash and wipe the ladies fingers using a dry cloth.Make sure that no moisture is left on them,otherwise they will turn slimy while cooking.
  • Cut ladies finger into 1" pieces and again cut each piece lengthwise into two pieces.You can cut them into 1/2" roundels or cut them into diagonal pieces,it is your wish to cut them.I cut them according to my mood while chopping them.If you can chop them ahead,say a couple of hours before it is still better as it reduces the sliminess of ladies finger.
  • Roughly slice onions into small pieces,if you are using shallots remove the skins and keep them aside.Also slit green chillies into 2 pieces.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a thick bottomed kadai/pan and crackle cumin seeds,green chillies and add chopped coriander leaves and then add sliced onions and fry well until they turn pink.Add little salt enough for the onions and remove them and keep aside.
  • Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in the same kadai/pan and add chopped ladies fingers and fry on high flame for 2-3 mins stirring occasionally.
  • Add sugar to it and reduce the flame and fry for 6-8 mins until bhindi is cooked.Sugar will help in retaining the green color of ladies finger.Ladies finger cook very fast,you need not to wait until the color is changed.
  • Once the sliminess of bhindi is gone add salt and pepper powder/red chili powder to it and also add fried onions and give a good stir and fry for another minute.
Serve it hot with roti/rice.
Notes:
  1. To reduce the sliminess of okra,you need to wipe the okra clean.You can even add a tsp of curd while frying okra which also helps.
  2. You can add masalas like 1/4 tsp Garam masala ,1/2 tsp amchur powder along with red chili powder/pepper powder in the recipe.
  3. The addition of coriander leaves gives a nice aroma to the curry.However it is optional to use them if you don't have them in hand.
  4. If you are using shallots in the recipe,soak them in water for sometime which helps in easy peeling.
  5. Frying Ladies finger consumes lot of oil ,you can prepare the same curry with less oil but takes lot of time.If you want a low cal version,add 1 tbsp oil to chopped ladies fingers and microwave it for 3-4 mins on HIGH and then follow the same procedure.This way it would consume less oil and also cooks fast.

33 comments:

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious, I make this but without coriander.

DivyaGCP said...

I love okra. Simple and easy preparation. Nice tips too.

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Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Bhindi is my daughter's fav,love the recipe...very tempting clicks.

Akila said...

Simple yet yummy fry

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Sangeetha Nambi said...

Real simple and tasty one...
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Shweta in the Kitchen said...

Truly delicious, my house fav

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Maayeka said...

simple and delicious!!

LG said...

Bendekayi palya looks Yummo! super!

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

love okra....curry looks totally tempting and delicious.

Chandrani said...

Ladies finger curry looks yummy..



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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Like me, my son also loves anything with bhindi...looks tempting...

faseela said...

my fav. veg. yummy

Shobha said...

Simple and tasty.. perfect side dish.

Shri said...

Simple and perfect with rotis too.

sowmya's creative saga said...

My son loves Bhindi..make it often..will make ur version soon...

Nisa Homey said...

This is my daughters favorite dish...perfect with rice.

Sathya Sankar said...

Love okra, delicious sabzi!

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Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

nicely well done...
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Nagashree said...

One of my favorite veggies, simple & delicious looking palya.

Archana said...

My favourite. Love the pics.
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Sayantani said...

simple but these are soul food. very very cmforting.

Priya said...

Dunno why i never cut bhindi this way, healthy curry,my fav.

Shama Nagarajan said...

Delicious dear!!! Join me in Fast food event - Noodles.

Uj said...

I too love Okra.. and that too just the way you did .. with not much spices..

Sreevalli E said...

Very tempting curry.. One of my fav..

Now Serving said...

That looks super!!!

Sushma Madhuchandra said...

It's been a long time since I cooked okra. Not able to catch hold of good okra here :(

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

i love okra... you have done a lovely job with it...

Rumana Ambrin said...

Simple yet looks awesoem:)

Uma Ramanujam said...

Very detail information on each steps even for a simple stir fry. No doubt, it will definitely useful for all freshers to kitchen. Nice and comfort stirfry. Addition of coriander is new to me with this stirfry.

sonu said...

this is nodoublt a simple preparation but definately a lovely and delicious one...i always luv the combo of onions and okra...

madscar said...

This is amazing:) I love it!

Looking FANCY said...

The dish looks great!

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