Tuesday, October 22, 2019

BHINDI RAITA

BHINDI RAITA

In our Indian cooking, raitas are curd-based salad-like accompaniments usually served with different types of pulaos, and biriyanis. Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for Curry Leaves Raita, Garlicky Spinach Raita, and Mint & Coriander Raita.

Today's raita is made with Lady's Fingers/Okra, a commonly available vegetable that is called "Bhindi" in Hindi. This is an easy to make yet delicious raita. You can either deep fry the bhindi or shallow fry them as I have done.

For best results, choose lady's fingers that are tender. Also, make sure you use fresh curds for a better taste.

This recipe has been adapted from Bhindi Raita by Tarlaji Dalal.



Ingredients:-
  • Bhindi (Lady's Fingers/Okra), 15
  • Fresh Curds, whisked, 1 cup
  • Jeera ( Cumin) Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Kala Namak (Black Salt),  1/4 tsp 
  • Sugar, 1/2 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 1 and 1/2 tbsp
Method:-

Wash the bhindi (lady's fingers/okra), pat them dry on a clean kitchen towel
Snip off both the ends of the bhindi and cut them into small roundels 
Heat oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai and shallow fry the bhindi on medium heat stirring occasionally until they turn slightly golden brown and become crisp
Remove from the kadhai and transfer to a plate
Sprinkle a little salt on the shallow fried bhindi, mix well and keep aside 
In a bowl, mix well together the whisked curds, jeera powder, chilli powder, black salt, sugar and salt to taste
In adding salt, remember you have already sprinkled a little on the bhindi earlier 
Finally, add the shallow fried bhindi to the mix of whisked curds and spices just before you serve the Bhindi Raita






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