Sunday, March 1, 2020

How To Make Bhindi Masala/Okra Masala

Okra or commonly known as lady’s finger is a widely consumed vegetable in tropical regions. Especially in Indian kitchen okra is one of the most versatile foods, which are loved and consumed by all. It is biologically categorized as a fruit, but is generally consumed as a vegetable.

Okra is a nutritious food with many health benefits. It's rich in magnesium, folate, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C, K1, and A. Okra may benefit pregnant women, heart health, and blood sugar control.

100 gm frozen or fresh bhindi
2 Tbs - oil
1 Ts- cumin seeds
1 - chopped onion
1 Tbs - chopped ginger
1 Tbs garlic
1 chopped tomato
 1 Ts - red chilli powder
1 Ts - coriander powder
1/4 Ts  - turmeric powder
1/4 Ts  - garam masala
2 tbs -coriander leaves
Salt to taste

In a heavy kadai or pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil and add cumin seeds then chopped onions. Mix and begin to sauté the onions on a low to medium flame.

Sauté onions till they become translucent. Then add chopped ginger-garlic. Stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic disappears.

Next add chopped tomatoes. Mix well and begin to sauté tomatoes on a low to medium-low flame. While cooking, if the tomato mixture becomes too dry and starts sticking to the pan, then add about ¼ cup water (3 to 4 tablespoons water). Mix well and continue to cook.

Now add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Mix the spices very well and sauté for a couple of seconds. Add the frozen bhindi.

Stir the whole mixture well. Cook the bhindi for about 2 minutes stirring in between. Check the taste of bhindi masala and add more of the spice powders and salt if required.

Lastly, add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Mix again. Serve warm. Enjoy!

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