Vegetarian (ovo-lacto) Recipe

Lady fingers/ Okra Recipe – Bhindi Masala

After 3 whole days of juice fast, we are trying to continue eat clean or not just less meat and more vegetables.

This is the must-order list whenever I am in India or going to any indian restaurants.

Bhindi Masala.

 

Of course first thing first is the spices. You can always get them from one of the Indian groceries shop. They are very affordable and can add a lot of exotic flavours to your other recipes.

 

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(Bhindi: Okra/Ladyfingers)

Ingredients :

Lady fingers, onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and indian spices (Chili Powder, Cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, paprika)

 

Quite Easy! If you already have some basic indian spices at home you can basically get this dish done in 30 min.

Ever since I became a tai tai I’ve learned that “watching” a recipe is much easier than “reading” a recipe. Must have something to do with the visual, audio sensory thing.

Anyway, this is the recipe that I followed to make this masala.

My whole apartment is smelling like an indian restaurant now.! Lovely.

 

If you are lazy to watch the whole video, let me just show you the method that I used.

 

Ingredients : (Tsp = teaspoon, Tbsp = Tablespoon)

  • Lady fingers (just buy a whole bag from NTUC or Cold Storage)
  • 1 large onions, 4 gloves of garlic, small thumb size ginger, 2 tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
  • Masala Spices: 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1  tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala (if you like spicy food, then can add 1 tsp), chili powder (1/2 tsp for people who can’t take spicy food), 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp tomato sauce (any)

 

Preparation:

  • quarter the lady fingers (watch the video if you are not sure how to quarter). By cutting them to small pieces helps to cook faster.
  • roughly chop onions and tomatoes, finely chopped garlic and ginger.
  • toasted sesame seeds on a dry non-stick pan. Remove and set aside once it’s done.

 

Cook:

  • put some oil on a hot pan, saute the lady fingers on mid high heat. 5 minutes. season with pinch of salt
  • remove the lady fingers once they are soft.
  • put little more oil back to the pan, toss in cumin seeds, onions and turmeric. 30 seconds
  • add ginger and garlic 1 minute, then tomatoes
  • then add in all the spices and tomato sauce. add some water if it gets too dry.
  • cook for 3-5 minutes until the flavours mix in together.
  • add the lady fingers back to the pan. cook for extra 3 minutes with lid on.
  • when it’s cook, garnish with toasted sesame seeds and sliced red chilis and corridor if you desire.

 

 

Picture below is my recreated Bhindi Masala on spice flavoured Basmati Rice.

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Okra/ Ladyfingers is my favourite vegetables. I know some people might not like that slimy stickiness taste, but I just love it. Do you know lady fingers is very good for your digestive system as well? It’s super high fiber and helps with diabetes and colon cancer too.

 

 

 

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