Thursday, July 21, 2016

BHINDI MASALA (MINIMAL OIL)

BHINDI MASALA

"Bhindi" is the word in Hindi for Lady's Fingers, a vegetable popular in India. This is known as Okra in North America. Both my husband and I like this vegetable and I make this in one form or the other quite often.

Elsewhere in this blog you will find recipes for Crispy Bhindi Tawa Fried, Bharwan Bhindi, and Masaledar Bhindi.,

Today's dish is adapted from Bhindi Masala by one of my favourite cookery experts, the late Tarlaji Dalal. In her recipe she has used roasted onion and has categorised this as a Zero Oil recipe. In my version, I have used just 1/2 tsp of oil to saute the onions as we usually do in Indian cooking.

It is important that the lady's fingers are particularity tender. The ground masala made with coconut, coriander, sauteed onion, spices and roasted sesame seeds gives the dish its distinctive taste.

The dish was delicious and we loved the bhindi stuffed with the masala. It goes very well as a side dish. We enjoyed this with hot rotis.



Ingredients:
  • Tender Lady's Fingers (Bhindi), 18-20
To Be Ground Into A Smooth Paste:-
  • Onion, large-sized, 1
  • Freshly Grated Coconut, 2 tbsp
  • Coriander Leaves, chopped,1 cup
  • Sugar, 2 tsp
  • Ginger, 1 " piece 
  • Green Chillies, 3
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander-Cumin Seeds Powder, 1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Roasted Sesame Seeds, (Til) 2 tsp
  • Lemon Juice, 1 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste
Method:

Wash the ladies's fingers and pat them dry. Snip off the two ends of the lady's fingers and slit them lengthwise. Keep aside.
Peel the onion, cut it into quarters and saute it in 1/2 tsp of oil till they turn slightly golden
Allow it to cool
In a mixer, grind together the sauteed onion together with all the ingredients specified above to a smooth paste without adding any water
Stuff a little of the prepared ground paste into each of the slit lady's fingers
Heat a non-stick kadhai, and without adding any oil, add the stuffed lady's fingers and the remaining ground paste. Mix well
Cover and cook on low flame for 10 minutes or till the lady's fingers become soft while stirring occasionally
Serve hot as a side dish