Ladies finger is one of my favorite vegetable. I love preparing this very simple bhindi masala/ladies finger masala as it goes well with both rice and roti. Today let us see how to prepare bhindi masala/Ladies finger recipe/Okra recipe/Vendakka masala following this easy recipe.
Wash ladies finger/okra well, wipe it dry with a clean towel, otherwise it will become sticky while cooking. Cut the base and the tip of the ladies finger. Then cut it into 2 inch long pieces.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a kadai and saute the ladies finger uncovered until it is half cooked or browns lightly. Keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan /kadai, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add onions, green chilli and saute until onions turn golden brown.
Then add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, salt needed and cook until tomatoes become mushy. If the masala mixture becomes dry, you can add a tbsp of water and continue cooking until tomatoes become mushy.
Then add ladies finger, cover and cook on low heat, stirring from time to time, until ladies finger/okra becomes soft.
Variation - You can add a tsp of ginger-garlic paste after onions turn golden brown and saute for a few minutes until the raw flavor goes and then add tomatoes, if preferred.
Tips -To avoid ladiesfinger/bhindi from becoming sticky while cooking, follow any one of the tips given below if needed.
- Add a tsp of yoghurt /curd (plain) while cooking.
- Add a little besan while cooking.
- Add a few drops of lemon juice while cooking.
- Cook bhindi uncovered for the first few minutes.
Stuffed Lady's finger
Vendakkai Poriyal (South Indian style)
Vendakkai Puli Kootu
Vendakka Thayir Pachadi (raita)
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