Bhindi/Okra masala

Bhindi/okra also called as lady finger not sure what's the story behind that interesting name.Bhindi sabzi can be prepared in many ways ,mom prepares this delicious version and here comes the recipe.

Nutritional Value
It is low in Sodium, Saturated Fat and Cholesterol, thus, an ideal diet for consumption
High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese, Protein, Riboflavin, Niacin, Iron, Zinc and Copper.
1.The superior fiber found in okra helps to stabilize blood sugar as it curbs the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.
2.Okra's mucilage not only binds cholesterol but bile acid carrying toxins dumped into it by the filtering liver.
3.To retain most of okra's nutrients and self-digesting enzymes, it should be cooked as little as possible, e.g. with low heat or lightly steamed.

Okra - 1lb
Onion - 1 medium
Spring onion - 2tsp(finely chopped)
Green chili -2
Red chili powder -1/2 tsp(Add according to taste)
Garlic - 3 pods(finely chopped)
Cilantro - to garnish(finely chopped)
Cumin seeds /Jeera - 1/4tsp
Oil - 3tsp
Tomato - 1/2 small
Salt - Add according to taste
1.Wash and pat dry the okra .Slit them lengthwise and microwave them for a min(use micro wave safe bowl).
2.Slice the onion finely length wise ,green chillies,cilantro,garlic,spring onions,tomato.
3.Heat oil in a pan ,add cumin seeds once they splutter add garlic,onion,green chili and saute them until the onions are transparent.Add spring onion,okra saute them in oil for a min or 2 and add salt mix and cook the okra covered for 5 min on medium low heat.
4.Once the okra are little cooked(do not over cook) add tomato,red chili powder and open cook it for 5-8 min ,add cilantro and turn off the heat.

Hot Okra masala sabzi can be served with roti/rice.
Sending this recipe to  Say "Thank You Mom" Event event hosted by satya.Thanks to my friend tahemeem for sharing this event link with me.

Note:"Avoid cooking okra in pans made of iron, copper or brass for their chemical properties turns the fruit black." I read this on a web page, but don't have any direct experience with okra turning black this way. If anyone disagrees this please let me know.


Thank you so much smitha for considering my event and sending me an entry. Bhindi masala is looking so yummy, do I have a hot chapathi also please to have it here right away. :)

December 5, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

Thanks dear... i will send the remaining event entries too if u like... i noted many...
BTW the subzi looks so yum...

December 5, 2010 at 3:06 PM  

Wonderful looking okra masala..

December 6, 2010 at 6:09 AM  

This recipe looks very delicious. this works well for ppl like me who hate cutting veggies.
jus slit the okra nd u r ready to go.
Will try this one for sure.

December 6, 2010 at 9:04 AM  

Yummy okra dish.

December 6, 2010 at 5:10 PM  

You have an award waiting to be collected, Smitha

December 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM  

@ Satya : I wish I could but you are welcome anytime to our place.
@Tahemeem: Thanks dear
@pushpa,anjitha,sujana,priya: thank you

December 8, 2010 at 4:22 PM  

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