May 30, 2011

Ladies Finger/ Okra With Mustard & Poppy Seeds

Bhindi with mustard and poppy paste offers a original and tasty twist to a typical bhindi masala.

Ingredients :

Fresh Ladies Finger/ Okra : 500 gms
Panch phoron [ An east indian 5 spice mix of fenugreek seeds,fennel seeds,brown mustard seeds,cumin seeds &
Nigella seeds readily available in Indian stores] : 1 tsp.
Yellow mustard seeds: 2 tbsp.
Poppy seeds : 1 tbsp.
Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp.
Sugar : 1/4 tsp.
Salt to taste

Green Chilli : 1 or 2
Mustard Oil : 2 tbsp.

Method :

Thoroughly wash the okra under running water and pat dry.I usually wash the okra at least 3-4 hours in advance so
that they are completely dry by the time I cook the vegetable.The more dry the okra, the less slimy it is while cooking.

Cut the washed and dried okra in small round pieces and discard the top pointed tip and the bottom. Set aside.

Make a paste of yellow mustard & poppy seeds enough water.You can use blender.It should be a thick paste and not more

In a kadhai heat the mustard oil, temper "panch phoron, lower the heat to medium and let the seeds crackle.Once

Now add mustard paste with 1/2 cup of water, green chillies, cook for 3-4 minutes till u see oil appearing on surface.

Add the turmeric powder, sugar and salt, cover with lid.

After about 6-8 minutes, remove the lid, and cook the okra till tender without the lid. Once about to be cooked, immiediately remove from heat. cracking,fry the okra, cook until 1/2 cooked watery, set aside.  

Serve warm with rice & lentils.

Sending this recipe to Kiran's  "Cooking With Seeds Event(CWS) : Mustard Seeds" eventd by, started by Priya Suresh

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