Spicy Okra

So, I’m on an Indian kick the last couple of days and I borrowed another recipe from Manjula’s kitchen. This is so tasty! The area of India my husband grew up in this dish is called Pinda. Very similar to how my mother in law makes it and so tasty. That’s the thing about India, there are so many different languages from the North to the South, so many different flavors of food from how one area makes it to the next. I know my mother in law uses chili powder and ginger garlic paste in almost everything she cooks and noticed in Manjula’s Kitchen she doesn’t, yet they both taste really good just slightly different. It’s interesting..

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb okra (bhindi)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
  • Pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor)
  • 1 tablespoon gram flour (besan) (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper

Method:

Wash the okra and pat dry. Make sure to completely dry the okra as wet okra will be sticky when cutting.

Cut off the both ends of the okra, and slice lengthwise in halves. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Test the heat by adding one cummin seed to the oil; if seed crack right away oil is ready.

Add the cumin seeds and asafetida (hing). When the cumin seeds crack, add the okra.

Stir for a minute and reduce the heat to medium.

Cover the okra for two to three minutes.

Remove the cover and add the coriander powder, red cayenne pepper and turmeric.

Next add gram flour (besan) and continue to stir-fry until the okra is tender. Add the salt, mango powder and bell peppers, cook for another minute. Salt is added last to avoid the okra becoming lacy.

Variations:

  1. Adding colorful bell pepper is a great garnish for the okra and adds flavor to the dish.
  2. You can substitute the bell pepper with sliced tomatoes as a garnish.
  3. You can also slice the okra in 1/4 inch pieces and follow the same method above.
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