Lady's fingers /Okra has to be one of the most common vegetables in India. Called Bhindi in Hindi, Bendekai in Kannada, Bendakaya in Telugu and Bhenda in my mother tongue, Konkani, this vegetable has numerous health benefits. It is strong in vitamins and has a good quantity of proteins as well.
Somehow over the years, in my house we have developed a liking for Andhra cuisine. Naturally, therefore, elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes such as:-
Pulusu in Andhra cuisine is a curry with a distinctive flavour of tamarind.
Today's recipe is for a dish made with Bendakaya (Lady's Fingers/Okra) and is called Bendakaya Pulusu. This goes great served with hot steamed rice.
- Bendakaya, (Lady's Fingers/Okra), 250 gms
- Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
- Fenugreek (Methi) Seeds, 1/8 tsp
- Curry Leaves, a few
- Medium-sized Onions, 2,
- Green Chilli, 2
- Large-sized Tomato, 1
- Turmeric Powder, 1/8 tsp
- Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
- Coriander Powder, 1 tsp
- Tamarind, lemon sized ball,
- Jaggery, 1 tsp
- Coriander Leaves, 2 tbsp for garnish
- Oil, 1 and 1/2 tbsp
- Salt, to taste