32 BINDI MASALA

BHINDI/BINDI/VENDAKKAI/OKRA/BENDEKAI/LADIES FINGER MASALA


Had lots of okra from my vegetable garden and after making dry fry and curries thought of making something different for chapathis. My hubby does not like dry curries for chapathis, he prefers gravies,So added in lot of onions and tomatoes to get a thicker and extra gravy. The gravy is just similar to our tomato thokku/gojju but added in few other ingredients to taste more spicier.

Okra - around 20 chopped into medium slices
Onion - 2 medium chopped fine
Tomato - 2 or 3 medium chopped fine
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1 tbsp
Coriander powder - 3/4 tbsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tbsp
Amchur power - 1/2 tsp
Salt as needed
Oil - 2 - 3 tbsp

For tempering:
Mustard seeds, urad dhal, cumin seeds and curry leaves - all few

I like to cook okras in microwave as it saves the cooking/frying time and also maintains its shape and does not soggy. I do this way for my dry curries as well for curries. Will add to my curries just before removing. So you can place them in a wide microwavable plate( a bowl works good for small quantities) and spread the chopped okras along with a tsp of oil and cook in the microwave for 10 mts. No need to run it for the whole 10 mts. Just switch it on for 5 mts and remove and mix in and place back. If it is still sticky then cook again for another few mts until the stickiness has left completely and cooked.


For best results wash and pat dry the okras chop and leave it out for sometime and then cook them or if you have planned ahead for the next day then chop them ahead and keep in the refrigerator covered tightly, I have seen this method also reduces the cooking time to remove the stickiness. The other method my friend here uses is adding some tamarind pulp while frying.

Heat oil in a frying pan and add the temperings, wait for few seconds and add the chopped onion. Fry well till golden brown. Next add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute till the raw smell leaves. Add in chopped tomatoes and fry till they are mashed and pulpy and water has left. Next add in all the powders and mix well. Immediately add in a cup of water and reduce flame. Also add salt. Cook till it reduces its volume. Can add more water needed depending upon the gravy thickness needed. Finally add the cooked okras and allow it cook together for another 3 - 4 mts. Leave it aside for sometime so the masala enters the okra very well and then enjoy your bindi masala with chapathis/rotis.

Also received these lovely awards from Priya Prashanth and Sushma. Thank you my friends for sharing them with me.







I would like to pass all these awards to
Priya
Shri
Sanghi
Sireesha
Gita
Vrinda
Nandini
Prathibha
Shaista
Jyoti V
Lubna
Preethi
Prasu
Shama
Ann
Ann
Sadhana/Muskaan
Nivedita






32 comments/Reactions:

Priya said...

Wow such a gorgeous and tempting masala Padma, even my husband wont like dry gravies..Prefect side dish for rotis..

Jyoti V said...

Lovely masala bendi padma, The tips are really useful. Thx for sharing....
Thank you so much for sharing awards with me..

Sailaja Damodaran said...

congrats...... i love bindi in any form.

Gayathri said...

Thanks for the tips Padma ..will try this once ... Wow so many awards to you ...You certainly deserve it ...Congrats padma.

Vidhya said...

I usually cook okra in microwave just like you. This is a new dish and sounds yummy too. Nice click. congratulations on your award.

Padma said...

Thanks Priya, Jyoti and Sailaja :)
Thanks Gayathri... so eppo varalaam :)
Thanks Vidhya ... that is true cooking in microwave surely reduces cooking time and okras too come out in good firm shape :)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely sidedish, pass the bowl pls. Congrats on your awards and thanks for sharing them with us.

mona said...

Looks super yumm!

Nandini said...

Bindi masala looks Yumm! Even we love to have gravy side dish for chapathis.
Congrats on your awards and thanks for sharing with me.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

I love your tip on treatment of Bhindi in the microwave... Worth trying...
Great looking recipe too...
Awesome awards - well deserved...

Sanghi said...

Wow.. this is a perfect gravy for my hubby too, he likes a rich gravy for chappathis. Congrats on the award and thanks for passing it to me!:)

Gita said...

Wow Padma...the curry looks so tasty...lovely click. Congrats on all your awards dear...thank you so much for passing these on to me and making my day :)

Padma said...

Thanks Sadhana/Muskaan, Nandini, Somoo, Sanghi and Gita :)
Thanks Mona for dropping by and leaving your comments :)

Shri said...

Thanks a lot Padma for thinking of me..The curry looks very inviting!

Uma said...

a new recipe with okra. looks absolutely delcious. congrats on your awards :)

Pari said...

Hi Padma, this is my kind of curry,spicy, love it dear. and congrats on all the deserved awards. Keep rocking.

Prathibha said...

Lovely masala...perfect for roti's..Love bhindi in any form dear..
COngrats for the awards and thanks a lot for thinking of me...

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice recipe, would be nice with roti

shanthi said...

Tempting and awesome gravy

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...that's an spicy and yum recipe....Congrats on the awards and thank u for thinking of my blog...

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely masala and congrats on ur awards.....thankyou for ur lovely awards...it's my pleasure to have them

K said...

Love anything with Bhindi. This one looks great!

Vrinda said...

Congrats on ur awards Padma and thanx a lot for thinking of me again..bindi masala looks so yummm...nice gravy

Abhilash said...

I cannot imagine... Such anice dish and that too with finger of ladies... mm... ladies finger :)

Awsome...

And Congrats for the awards

I normally do not use ladies finger because it appears sticky after cooking.. I always try it in a any fried dish...

Yours look good...

munchcrunchandsuch said...

perfect with rotis and mild flavoured rice varieties.Congrats on the whole lot of awards Padma.

Sarah Naveen said...

Congrats on all ur awards Padma..
Bindi masala looks really tempting.Perfect with rice or roti.

Parita said...

hey i too prepared bhindi today :)
congrats on your awards !!!

lissie said...

congrats on your awards! bhindi masala looks so yumm... perfect combo with chappathis!

Valarmathi said...

Wow bindi masala looks so yummy and tempting.
Congrats on your awards.

nivedita said...

Hi Padma
Congrats on the award and thanks a lot for passing it to me dear!!! My pleasure to have the awards.
Absolutely delicious bhindi!!!

ramya said...

hey i don't have a microwave. so do i have to cook it in tamarind pulp before addind it into the gravy

Padma said...

Hello Ramya- thanks for dropping by. If you can't fry it in microwave that is ok. You can fry the same in the pan. Just cut and dry them for sometime. Later shallow fry them in oil and follow the same procedure. Hope this helps you.
Thanks
Padma

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