Bendekai Raita/ Fried Okra in Yogurt

Bendekai Raita or okra in yogurt is simple fried okra seasoned with yogurt sauce. Okra is one of the frequently used vegetables at our home. Okra is rich in vitamin A and vitamin C while yogurt is full of protein and calcium, the combination of this two makes it healthier. The crunchy okra pieces in spiced yogurt makes it fun to eat.

Bendekai Raitha/ Fried Okra in Yogurt

Ingredients: 

  • Okra- 10 to 12
  • Yogurt- 1 cup
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Red chilly- 1
  • Curry leaves- 4
  • Chilly powder- 1/4 tbs
  • Cumin powder- 1/4 tbs
  • Ghee/Oil- 1 tbs
  • Salt

Preparation:

  1. Wash and dry okras by using a dry cloth. This will reduce the sliminess of okra.
  2. Cut them into big round slices and fry them with little salt and oil on a frying pan for few minutes until they are soft and cooked. Don’t overcook or burn them. Make sue that they are crunchy.
  3. In a bowl add yogurt, cumin powder and beat it well
  4. Switch off the flame add chilly powder to the okras and mix well when the pan is still hot
  5. Now add this to yogurt mixture and mix well and adjust the salt
  6. Tamper it with mustard seeds, red chilly and curry leaves
  7. Your okra raitha is ready to be served with roti or rice
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Besan Chutney/Chickpea flour dip

Besan or chick pea flour is frequently used ingredient in many dishes, especially in street food like pakoda (pakora) and fries. Have you ever tried chickpea flour dip with dosa or idlies? If you are bored with usual mint and coconut chutney for your breakfast then here is a new recipe.

Besan Chutney/chickpea flour dip

Ingredients:

  • Besan/chickpea flour- 1/2 cup
  • Onion- Finely chopped 1
  • Tomato- 1
  • Green chilly- 3
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tbs
  • Ginger- a small piece, finely chopped
  • Chopped coriander leaves- 1 tbs
  • Cumin seeds, mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves for tampering

Preparation: 

  1. Mix water to besan with out lumps and keep it aside.
  2. Take a deep pan and add a spoon of oil, upon heating add chopped onions and ginger saute until golden brown.
  3. Now add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder and salt and cook till it is mushy.
  4. Add besan mixture to this and let it boil until the raw smell goes and it becomes thick. Now tamper it with the ingredients mentioned above and garnish with coriander leaves.

Note: I have added onions here if you don’t want you can just skip it.