Monday, April 12, 2010

Bindi/okra masala

Okra - you either love it or hate it. It does have a slimy texture. So to overcome that one option is to fry it but okra tends to observe a lot of oil. In this dish I microwaved it - so practically no oil and mixed it with other vegetables to make a scrumptious and yummy side dish.

- 2 cups okra cut to small discs
- 2 bell peppers chopped (I used red and yellow)
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 small onion chopped
- small piece of ginger
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 2 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp jeera seeds
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp oil
- 1 tsp jeera seeds - for seasoning

1. Place the okra in a microwave safe plate, make sure they don't overlap. Spray with a little bit of oil. Microwave it at high for 5-6 minutes. They will shrink and turn slightly brown.
2. Grind one teaspoon of jeera and coriander seeds to a coarse powder.
3. In a pan pour oil and add the other teaspoon jeera. Once it turns brown add the ginger and the chopped onions. Fry till the onion is translucent.
4. Add tomatoes and sauté till it becomes slightly mushy. Add the ground cumin and coriander powder and chili powder. Cook for a minute or two.
5. Mix in the chopped bell peppers and toss it around for a few minutes. Be careful not to make it too mushy.
6. Finally add the okra and cilantro leaves. Toss them all together and let it simmer for a 5 minutes.

Serve it hot as a side to jeera rice or roti.


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