Lady's Fingers (as okra is commonly called in India) is a vegetable with many health benefits. In Hindi, lady's fingers are called Bhindi while they are called Bendekaya in Telugu and Bendekayi in Kannada.
Elsewhere in this blog you will find recipes for other dishes using lady's fingers such as:-
The best part of having common interests is that we get to share with other friends. I have so many friends who are fond of cooking. Sharing what I know and learning from them is one of the objectives of my blog.
I learnt today's recipe from one of our friends who is from Andhra Pradesh. We now make this as an accompaniment to the meal of rice and dal.
- Bendekaya ( Okra, Lady's Fingers), 350-400 gms
- Salt, to taste
Dry Roast & Grind To A Masala (Coarse Powder)
- Byadgi Red Chillies, 4
- Dry Coconut/ Copra , 2 tbsp
- Cumin Seeds, 1 tsp
- Garlic Cloves, peeled, 2
- Curry Leaves, 5-6
- Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
- Curry Leaves, 1 sprig
- Turmeric Powder, 1/8 tsp
- Asafoetida, 1/8 tsp
- Oil, 1 tbsp
Wash the lady's fingers and pat it dry
Snip off both the ends and cut the lady's fingers into roundels
In a thick-bottomed kadhai, dry roast the Byadgi red chillies, dry coconut, cumin seeds, peeled garlic cloves, and curry leaves together on medium flame for about 3-4 minutes till the chillies become crisp and the dry roasted ingredients give off a good aroma
Remove from flame and allow it to cool
Transfer to a small mixer jar and grind to a coarse powder. Keep aside
In the same kadhai, heat 1 tbsp of oil and on medium heat add the mustard seeds and when they splutter add the curry leaves and sauté
To this add the turmeric powder and asafoetida and sauté for a few seconds
Now add the lady's finger roundels and sauté for a couple of minutes
Lower the heat and cook partially covered ( this helps the vapours escape and prevents the lady's fingers from getting soggy) till the lady's fingers get done
Add salt and mix well
Next add the freshly ground masala powder and mix again till it gets well blended with the lady's fingers
Switch off the gas and transfer the Bendekaya Masala to a serving bowl
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