Thursday, February 24, 2011

Masala Bhindi Rajasthani/Okras From Rajasthan

Bhindi,okra,lady fingers :) This vegetable does offer tremendous versatility and I love to experiment with it even though I know Manasi will have it just one way-which is chopped and deep fried. Manasi is away in Chicago and I am on a holiday with Sangeeta at her house,so this was jsut the right time to make Rajasthani Bhindi-Inspired by Sanjeev Kapoor but I have made changes to suit my taste and the availability of ingredients in Sangeeta's pantry :) Me and my friend enjoyed this preparation over dinner ,it had a nice blend of flavors from fennel and mango powder mixed with  split gram flour and dry spices. The final touches were a dash of lime juice-The bhindi's tasted immensely good and went so well with  plain rotis and moong daal. Here is the recipe- I am sure all you bhindi lovers will give this a shot :)
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Okras/Bhindi/Ladyfingers: 250 gms
Onion: 1 medium sized thinly sliced
Split gram flour: 3 tsp
Mango powder: 1 tsp
Paprika: 1/2 tsp
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp
salt: 1/2 tsp
Corrinader powder: 1tsp
Garam masala: 1/8 tsp
Fennel seeds: 1tsp
Kalongi/nigella seeds: 1tsp
Olive oil:  4 tbsp

take the okras wash them and dry them nicely and snip off the ends. Make clean slits through the centre for stuffing the masala. Make sure the slits are not very deep because you do not want to cut the okra in two halves.
Keep these aside.
Take a bowl and  add all the dry spices except the nigella seeds and take just 1/2 of the fennel seeds and keep the rest for later use. Add the gram flour and 1 tbsp oil  to the dry spices and mix this well.
Now stuff this masala in the okras.
Take a frying pan and heat the 3 tbsp oil,when hot add the  remaining fennel seeds & nigella seeds,when it starts to spultter add the sliced onions and saute for couple minutes. Now add the stuffed okras and let them cook on medium flame without any cover for first couple minutes then cover it with well fitting lid and cook till the okras are cooked. Remove the lid in-between to check on them.

Squeeze some lime juice just before serving and garnish with cilantro and enjoy with roti's and daal :)


  1. Perfect dish with rice looks yummy and droolinggg.

  2. Fingerlicking masala bhindi, truly tempting..

  3. very yummy and superb .... tempting dish

  4. Okra is one of my fav veggie and this is a great looking curry with the same, kavi..I loved the texture a lot..

  5. I bet this will go perfect with hot pooris. Loved your spice mix and how the okra is well covered in the spices and looks so tender!

    US Masala

  6. I'm sure you and your friends had enjoyed this yummy , tangy bhindi preparation. Looks supreb

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. wow. I would love to have it with chappathis. thank u for sharing this Kavita. My son Arun's fav veggie which he happens to eat it raw would love this preparation.

  8. Love this dish, I prepare a microwaved version of this, will try this too, Guess it would be more crispy, Happy following you from my new space

  9. Okra dish looks fantastic with all the spices.I have never used mango powder in a curry before.. Interseting receipe..

  10. I love okra anyway it's cooked, your recipe looks so tasty. Manasi is in Chicago...somehow I feel closer by her being here. Have a wonderful day :)

  11. My favorite okra....spicy and yummy, great recipe!

    Vegetarian Cultural Creatives

  12. Kavita-I truly love okra, and this is the ultimate yummy way to prepare this favorite veggie...loaded up with my favorite spices. This is a must try for me. Thank you my sweet friend!
    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  13. Yummy okra... wonderful :) U have nice space .. happy to follow u :)


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