Bendekai Palya/Okra Fry With Ground Coconut

Okra or ladies finger stir fry with ground coconut and spices is South Indian style side dish, served with roti, naan or chapathi. Bhindi is one popular vegetable in India, as it can be used in many dishes. I used some spices and coconut ground masala to normal okra stir fry I usually prepare.
Bendekai Palya/Okra Fry with Coconut gravyIngredients:

  • Okra- 250 grams
  • Tomato-1 big sized
  • Onion- 1
  • Coconut- 1/2 cup
  • Green chilly- 2
  • Garlic- 2 cloves
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tbs

Preparation:

  1. Wash and clean okra, wipe the moisture from it by using a dry cloth or tissue. Cut into 1 inch long pieces.
  2. Take a deep pan and add a tbs of oil, mustard seeds. When it starts to splutter add okra pieces and fry well until the vegetable is cooked and keep it aside.
  3. Grind coconut, green chilly, turmeric, onion, cumin seeds and garlic in a blender
  4. In a separate  pan add a tbs of oil, ground masala mix it well until the raw smell goes. Fry chopped tomato in it until it becomes soft and mushy
  5. Now add fried okra pieces into this pan and mix well by adding salt to taste
  6. Let it cook in low flame for 3-4 minutes
  7. Serve it hot with roti or rice
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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

Bendekai Kuzhambu / Okra Gravy

Bendekai or ladies finger kuzhambu is one traditional recipe mainly from South India, Tamil Nadu. I love the way it tastes tangy and spicy with hot rice.I had this fresh and young okra available at home so I cooked kuzhambu with rice. Here is my modified recipe for okra kuzhambu. Freshly ground spices will give brilliant  aroma and taste.

Bendakai Kuzhambu / Okra Gravy

Ingredients:

  • Ladies finger/Okra- 15 (serves 2)
  • Mustard- 1 tbs
  • Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tbs
  • Red chilly- 1
  • Onion- 1 small
  • Curry leaves- 1 strand
  • Tomato-1
  • Salt- to taste
  • Turmeric- 1 tbs
  • Tamarind- 1 lemon size

Masala to grind:

  • Coriander seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Pepper corns- 5 in number
  • Red chilly- 2
  • Garlic- 2 cloves
  • Curry leaves- 4
  • Onion- 1/4
  • Coconut- 3 to 4 tbs

Preparation: 

  1. Wash and wipe the water from ladies finger by using the dry clothes. Cut them into 1 inch long pieces.
  2. Soak tamarind in water  for about 15 minutes and extract the juice into 1 cup
  3. Fry the ingredients under the masala to grind section and grind it into fine paste
  4. In a pan add a spoon of olive oil and fry ladies finger for 5 to 10 minutes
  5. In another pan add oil, mustard, fenugreek seeds upon spluttering add red chilly, curry leaves and chopped onion. Fry till the onion turns translucent.
  6. Now add chopped tomato and let it become soft
  7. Add fried ladies finger, ground masala, turmeric and salt to taste with tamarind juice
  8. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes, let it boil properly to blend the spices well
  9. Serve it hot with rice

Note: You can also add kuzhambu powder available at markets to give it  a little extra flavor and aroma. 

Bhindi Kurkuri/ Okra Kurkuri

Weekends are always fun to try something new and exciting. This time I prepared crispy bhindi kurkuri. I twisted it little and made it my way. I am sure that bhindi lovers will love this recipe.

Okra Kurkuri/Bindi Kurkuri

Ingredients: 

Okra- 250 grams

Aamchur powder

coriander powder

Zeera powder

Garam masala powder

Red chilly powder

Salt

Gram flour- 1 to 1 and 1/2 cup

Preparation:

  1. Cut okra into thin round pieces (you can also cut it into vertically thin pieces) and sprinkle with all those powders (1 teaspoon each) mentioned above along with salt and mix it well. You can add more chilly powder for more spicy taste.
  2. Mix gram flour, salt for taste and little water to make batter in a separate bowl.
  3. Now take a deep pan and add oil for frying. Upon heating dip these spiced okra into batter and deep fry until it turns into golden brown color.
  4. You can have it with rice/chapathi or also as starter with tomato ketchup or mint chutney.

Bendekai Palya/ Okra Stir Fry

Okra is something which gets along with any kind of recipe I mean you can prepare curry, gojju, sambar, yogurt curry, fry and many more. Thats why I like Okra a lot, with Okra we can be creative and mix and match the vegetables like potato and tomato. Todays recipe is simple stir fry. It takes hardly 15- 20 minutes for cooking.

Okra stir fry

Ingredients: 

Okra- 1/4 KG

Green Chilly- 3-4

Oil- for stir frying

Tamarind- small lemon sized

Mustard- 1/2 teaspoon

Urd Dal- 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric- a pinch

Red chilly powder- only if you want it to be spicy

Preparation: 

Take a deep pan and add a spoon of oil (I used olive oil for this recipe) add mustard, Urd dal and let it splutter. Add chopped Okra and green chillies and add bit more oil for stir frying. Now add pinch of turmeric, tamarind and salt and keep frying. You can also add onions and tomatoes for flavor, but I prefer this way. Add red chilly powder if you want it to be extra spicy. When the Okra are soft and cooked (in about 15 minutes) Okra stir fry is ready. Serve it with rice and sambar or chapathi as side dish.