Monday, September 19, 2011

Stuffed Okra / Bharwan Bhindi

Ladies finger / okra is one of my favourites and features at least once a week in my kitchen...Surprisingly, I don't seem to have put up too many recipes with okra here.
Stuffed okra tops the list of al the okra recipes and I realised it had been a really long time since I made these.
There are two types of stuffed okras I make, one is what I learnt after coming to Gujarat - its a mild, flavourful one with besan, coconut and spice powders, the other is what I have here for you today...spicy, tangy and served with fried onions !!

stuffed okra

Tava vegetables was a very popular dish at buffet lunches at one point and they are lip-smacking, different vegetables, stuffed with spices and served out straight from the tava. Thats where I had these roasted onions with the okra and they make a lovely pair...

What you need -

15-20 fresh tender okra
2 tbsp cleaned and chopped coriander leaves
2 onions
3-4 tbsp oil

Spice powder
2 tbsp cumin/jeera powder
1 tbsp coriander seed / dhania powder
1.5 tbsp chilli powder
1 tbsp dry mango / amchur powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp aniseed / saunf (whole)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

What you do with it -
Wash the okra, dry them with a kitchen towel
Cut off the two ends and make a slit lengthwise on one side of the okra, without cutting thru it
Keep the okra aside
Chop the onions lengthwise
Mix all the ingredients listed under 'Spice powder' with a tbsp of oil
Add half of the coriander leaves to this
Stuff the okra with the spice powders
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a shallow pan and then add the okra to it
On a low flame, fry the okra till it changes to a dark green colour
Take the okra off the pan and add the onions to the oil remaining in the pan
If you have any of the spice mix remaining, add it to the onions
Once the onions are nice and brown, add the okra back to the pan for a minute and mix with the onions
Serve hot, garnished with coriander leaves
You could add the juice of half a lemon to this to make it tangier
Serve hot with rotis/ parathas / rice and dal

8 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks super yum, my fav with rice

Vani said...

Looks and sounds delish, Arch! Incidentally, my last post is a Gujju stuffed okra :) Recently tried Sanjeev Kapoor's besawali bhindi in a microwave. Tasted good but needs some tweaks to post on the blog.

Prathima Rao said...

My fav way to enjoy bhindi,,,They look crunchy & perfect!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Manju said...

I love okra too! This looks soo good that I think im gonna get some bhindi on my way home and make this for dinner.

Jay said...

my all time fav..love your perfect version..:)
Tasty Appetite

Sayantani said...

am not much of a bhidi lover but dont mind eating this with such a great stuffing. looks delicious.

R said...

luv okra in any form! stuffed one is the best though, luv the flavors in ur stuffing :)

Miri said...

People who dont eat bhindi because of its supposed stickiness are just missing out on a whole lot of goodness!

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