Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Aloo Bhindi

Aloo Bhindi is a dry side dish from Northern India. Commonly ate with flatbreads, but I like to eat them as such. Combination of potatoes and okra also goes well. Otherwise also Aloo/potatoes is such a vegetable that it goes well with any other vegetable usually. It merges well and with its own charm as well as the combining vegetable's taste, it just becomes awesome side dish. Here I share authentic Aloo Bhindi recipe


Ingredients:
Potatoes-2 medium peeled and diced
Okra/Lady's finger/bhindi-10-12 sliced vertical into medium size pieces after patting dry
Tomato-1 chopped fine
Onion-1 chopped fine
Green chilly-1 slit lengthwise
Fennel seeds-1 tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeera-1/2 tsp
Garam masala-1 tsp
Black pepper powder-1/2 tsp
Aamchur powder/Dry mango powder-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Kasoori methi-2 tsp crushed
Coriander leaves/Cilantro-1 sprig
Oil-2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Recipe:
  1. In a pan add oil,when hot add fennel seeds,cumin seeds and as they crackle add green chilly and onion
  2. When onion is translucent add tomatoes and mix well.
  3. Now when the tomatoes are mushy add potatoes and cook for a while say around 6-7 minutes with occasional mixing to avoid burning at bottom.
  4. Then add okra and mix well.
  5. Cook again for 5-6 minutes and check if they are cooked and tender.
  6. Once done add the following masalas like turmeric powder,black pepper powder,coriander powder,aamchur powder and mix well.
  7. Now add garam masala, salt to taste and crushed kasoori methi,coriander leaves and cook well covering for another 3-4 minutes till all masalas get incorporated to the veggies.
  8. Aloo Bhindi is ready to go with flat breads or rice.

Note:
  1. Reason behind adding masalas at the end is to avoid okras from turning slimy. That way they cook well as well as do not become mushy and slimy.
  2. Always clean the bhindi/okra and then pat them dry before cutting into pieces, that way they don't turn slimy or sticky 

Enjoy the dish! n don't forget Eat and Eat little MORE.. :)


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