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Sunday, 15 November 2009

Okra spicy dish (bindi) or (lady finger)

Okra in other words you could say (Bindhi)..... I don't know if that's the right spelling but this vegetable has got a great flavour and is best eaten with rich.
Okra is a powerhouse of valuable nutrients, nearly half of which is soluble fiber in the form of gums and pectin's . Soluble fiber helps to lower serum cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease. The other half is insoluble fiber which helps to keep the intestinal tract healthy, decreasing the risk of some forms of cancer, especially Colo-rectal cancer.
You could describe this has a Indian dish but i will give you the Bengali recipe for this simple but yet Delicious okra dish. So lets start with the ingredients.

  • 2 Cup Okra chopped in circles
  • 3 green chillies slitted
  • 3 whole birds i chilli.... watch out there really hot
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • optional..... less than 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • coriander leafs.
  • Olive oil 1&1/2 tbsp
OK so that's the Ingredients done.... i know it sounds really spicy but this recipes is for the dare devils and of course if you love spicy food don't worry the spice will balance out once mixed with rice that's if you eat it with rice and my recommend rice the easy cook whole grain rice.
Step 1... Make sure you wash and dry the Okra BEFORE you chop the Okra. The reason for that is that the Okra once chopped and gets in contact with water could release slimy liquid. Once Okra has been prepared put to a side.

Step 2... In a pan or a wok heat the olive oil, add the garlic with birds eye chilli and fry a little until slightly browned then add the onions along with the salt and green chillies.

Step 3... Once the onions a lightly browned add the coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder, at this stage you could also add the chilli powder if you like it spicier then stir and add a little water so the spices do not burn. Leave it on slow heat for about 4-5 mins so the spices get cooked and release flavour.

Step 4... Now add the chopped okra and mix.... You could add a little bit more water to mix it all up but might not be relevant. cook it on slow gas until the okra goes soft could take up to 10 - 15 mins.

Step 5... Finally add the coriander leafs to garnish.


Enjoy this with some rice or roti's emmm like i say
"Yummy In My Tummy".

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