Friday, 28 September 2012

"Tawa Bhindi" or Pan fried Okra/Lady's Finger

"Tawa Bhindi" or Pan fried Okra or Lady's Finger is one of the easiest side-dishes to make that goes well with roti or chapatis.
And if you love Bhindi you could use it as a stuffing for sandwiches too.
This is one quick dish to make especially after a long and tiring day at work.
And Okra or Lady's Finger is one of the vegetables which cooks very quickly.
Also it has a lot of health benefits. Its very low in calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. This makes it an excellent food source for someone who is trying to watch their weight.
Its also high in fibre, antioxidants and minerals.
So for those who are always eating lunch outside in office canteens or restaurants, its good to include this vegetable as a part of your dinner atleast 2-3 days a week.
During the time I was working in an office,  (I cannot say just working cause being a full time mom and home maker I have even more work now then before...), I used to always look out for simple dishes that use minimum ingredients and also cook very quickly. 
And during that time one of my neighbor who is a Rajasthani lady, taught me this quick and easy Tawa Bhindi. I am not really sure if this is the Rajasthani style, but whatever it is, it tastes yum and easy to make too!
Since then I make it regularly at home and we all love it!
Serves 2
Okra or Lady's Finger or Bhindi - 200 gms
Onion - 1 - chopped
Green chilli - 1 - chopped
Cumin seeds / whole Jeera - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Red chill powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Amchur powder /Dry Mango powder - 1/2 tsp
Olive oil or any other of your choice - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves - chopped - for garnishing

Wash and pat dry the Okra.
Cut the top and bottom parts and dispose them.
Now cut each okra into 2 or 3 pieces depending on the size, and then each piece into 4 lengthwise slices.

Now take a heavy bottomed shallow flat pan, add oil, keep on medium heat, add cumin seeds and allow to crackle.
Now add the okra slices and fry till all the stickiness has disappeared.
Now add the onions and green chillies and fry till onions are translucent and slightly fried.
Then add all the other spice powders and salt and fry for about 2-3 minutes.
Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander leaves.

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