Saturday, 24 December 2011

Bhindi Do Pyaza

Bhindi Do Pyaza is a simple stir fry of Okras and Onions with just few spices. It’s one of the simple dishes which can give very tough competition to any complex dish. Flavour wise, the combination of crunchy okras and sweet onions can blow you away when cooked right!

Traditionally while preparing the Bendi do Pyaza, onions are added in double the quantity than found in any other vegetable preparation. While cooking the Okra it is
always better to first wash, dry the vegetable well before cutting or slicing it. Okra or Bhindi is a versatile vegetable that can be cooked in various forms such as
fried, sautéed, gravy or stuffed.

Bhindi Do Pyaza
Bhindi Do Pyaza

Serves 2-3

Fresh tender lady’s finger - 1/4kg, chop into 1″ inch pieces
Onions-1/4kg, finely sliced
Tomato-1 large finely chopped
Cumin seeds-1tsp
Ginger piece- 1 inch piece, grated
Turmeric Powder - 1/4tsp
Asafoetida/hing - A pinch
Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tsp
salt to taste
coriander leaves-2tbsp
oil - 2tbsp

1. Wash and dry the okra thoroughly . Trim the ends and cut them into one inch pieces.

2. Heat one fourth tbsp of oil in a cooking vessel. Add the sliced okra pieces and stir fry them till they are three-fourth cooked. Constantly stir fry on medium to ensure they don’t burn or stick to the pan. Add salt and turmeric powder and remove.

3. In the same pan, add the remaining oil. Add the cumin seeds and toss for 8-10 seconds. Add the asafoetida, grated ginger and immediately add the sliced onions and saute till they are transparent yet crisp.

4. Add the chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook further for another 4-5 minutes.

5. Now add the stir fried okra and combine well and cook further uncovered for 12-15 minutes. Combine well and adjust salt. Turn off heat.

6 Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with hot rotis or rice.

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