Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bhindi ki sabzi ~ Okra curry ~ Vendakkai Curry

Okra is one of my favorite veggies and this easy and simple curry is one of my favorite curries to make with it. Every few weeks  I make this at least once, yet surprisingly I never got around to posting this recipe in this space before now. This is the type of curry I love to make for weeknight dinners, no fuss, easy, tasty and healthy too. With a minimum of spices, the taste of the vegetables shines through in this curry.

If you are making a list for "super easy and quick recipes" this curry will definitely qualify to be on the list and would probably get a top spot on it too :) This curry works very well with some phulkas/ rotis or with some plain steamed rice and dhal.

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Ingredients and method to make okra curry
6 cups of cut pieces of okra (about 50-55 pcs of okra/ approx 700 gms/ 1.5 lbs)(bhindi/vendakkai)
1 medium red onion cut fine (pyaaz/ vengayam)
2 medium tomatoes cut fine (tamatar/ thakkali)
1 Tbsp oil
3/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi/manjal podi)
1/2 tsp chili powder (or to taste) (hara mirch)
Salt to taste (namak/ uppu)

Wash bhindi/ okra, dry thoroughly using kitchen tissue. Remove crown and tail and cut okra into 1/4 inch pieces. Cut onions and tomatoes and keep aside. 

Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pan. Add cumin seeds/ jeera to it, when the seeds sizzle, add onions and stir on low to medium low heat until onions turn translucent. 

Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, chili powder, salt to taste and stir until tomatoes are soft and mushy. 

Add okra pieces and mix gently. Close with a lid and allow to cook until soft. Stir a few times in between gently to ensure even cooking. Make sure to cook okra until soft yet it retains it's shape.

Serve curry hot with phulkas/ chapathis/ rotis/ flat bread or as a side with rice and dhal.

Serves approx 3

Other easy curries that go well with phulkas/ Indian flat bread, or rice and dhal....

Dudhi/ Lauki sabzi ~ Bottlegourd in peanut gravy curry

Methi Baingan ~ Eggplant with fenugreek leaves curry

Potato Masala Curry ~ Aloo ki sabzi ~ Potato gravy curry
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