Monday, November 1, 2010

Saila Bhindi/ okras in onions& tomato masala

I was in for surprise,when I moved to the east coast from India. Lady Finger is called okra here,which I was aware of even as a kid when at school we learned O for okra to establish our phonetic vocabulary. Well that was then  and long forgotten as in everyday usage these were referred to as lady Fingers. I am happy even though my hands are not as slender as I would like them to be,the fingers are -(Thank God or thank my genes)  not anywhere close to the Lady Fingers in appearance :) so I wonder where and how this name was derived . Well the surprise continued when I  learnt that I will find lady fingers only in an Indian Grocery store. I was sad, I like Bhindi/okra a lot. I was not ready to give up. Even ,if that meant driving 15 miles on a Thursday( the day my Indian Grocer gets his quota of groceries/vegetable) So all the other shopping was  planned around a Thursday and in the vicinity of the Indian grocery store. I have now given up that habit,as some regular stores like shop rite and stop& shop have started to carry Okras also I have now come to realize that 15 miles is  really  not all that far,initially miles were converted into kilometres and dollars in to rupees ;)

I prepare bhindi/okras in a number of ways and hopefully over the  coming months  I will be able to share all the recipes with my readers. For now here is saila bhindi/Okra in onion tomato masala ,I will dedicate this one to my mom and my mom-in-law. They are the original experts when it comes to saila bhindi .

serves: 4
Time: preparation: 15-20 minutes
cooking time: 20 minutes
Okra : 1/2 kg
Red Onion: 1 large or 2 medium
Tomato: 1 large
Ginger: 20 gms
Garlic: 6-7 cloves
green Chilli: 2 number
Oil: 2 tbsp and oil for deep frying
salt: 1tsp
Coriander powder: 1 tbsp
Chilli Powder

Wash & dry the Bhindi/okras well,you can also wipe them dry with a kitchen napkin. Cut them into 1 inch pieces.
Deep fry these in hot oil along with garlic cloves for 5-8 minutes and keep them aside.

Slice the onions very fine and the tomato's also.

Now take a kadai and heat 2 tbsp oil. Saute the onions till light golden brown. Add the finely sliced ginger .
Now add the fine sliced tomato's  along with the green chilli and cook till the tomato is well cooked . Add salt and coriander along with chilli powder and cook till all the  dry spices are cooked well with the tomato onion masala.

Now add the deep fried okras and  garlic cloves & cook for a couple more minutes. Stir the sabji/vegetable gently making sure the okras do not break. You are now ready to enjoy the bhindi/Okra with roti/pav :)


  1. That is funny Kavitha...imagine my surprise when I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner and he asked for ladies fingers..I said you want cookies??? We got it figured out :) Your recipe sounds very tasty!

  2. Madam , u r a kitchen artist. I find ur recipes pretty interesting and sometimes mindblowing. Keep up te good work.

  3. delicious okra we make similar sometimes I add chillie sauce or ketchup :)
    thank you for linking


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