Sunday, 29 November 2015

Simple n Yummy Bhindi Masala

Simple n Yummy Bhindi Masala - Tanushree Aich

200-250 gms bhindi/okra
1 medium size onion, chopped
2 medium size tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
¼ or ½ tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder
½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
½ tsp punjabi garam masala powder or any good garam masala powder
salt as required
2 tbsp oil for frying the bhindi
1 tbsp oil for frying the onion-tomato masala
Chopped coriander for garnish


rinse the bhindi/okra well in water. dry them on a large plate on their own or wipe with a kitchen towel.
remove the base and stalk while chopping the bhindi. chop into 1 or 2 inch pieces.
heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadai/wok or pan.
add the bhindi and saute till they are completely cooked. you will have to keep an eye on them and stir in between many times.
taste the bhindi and if the crunchiness has gone and the bhindi have become soft, it means they are cooked. keep the sauteed bhindi aside.
all the oil will be used up. so add 1 tbsp oil to the same pan. Add cumin seeds, once they splutter add chopped onions and fry till they become translucent.
add the chopped tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes are soft and mushy.
if the tomato mixture becomes too dry add about ¼ or ½ cup water and continue to cook.
all the above cooking is done in a open pan and you don't need to cover the pan with the lid.
add all the dry spice powders one by one.
stir well and saute for a minute.
add the sauted bhindi, & salt and mix so that the onion-tomato masala coats the bhindi well.
cook for 2-3 minutes. stir in between.
serve the bhindi masala hot or warm garnished with some coriander leaves and accompanied with chapatis, rotis or naan

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