Okras are a great source of vitamins and fibre and such a versatile vegetable. We Sindhis tend to make this in many different ways. Deep fried , or smothered in green chutney, filled with spices and then sauteed etc etc. I grew up eating okras also known as lady finger or bheendi. If you are making a meat chicken or fish curry adding okra to it retains the flavour of your curry and gives it extra vitamins and fibre. Today I will teach you a very traditional way to make okras from my origin, Sindh.
There are no measurements to this and its basically very simple. You can calculate 150 grams of okra per person.
Tender okras, head and tails cut off and washed and then towel dried
Onions, sliced lengthwise, same quantity as the okra
Potatoes, peeled, washed and cut into wedges, same quantity as okra
a little bit of chopped ginger
a few curry leaves
1/2 chopped tomato per 150 grams of okra
green chillies, chopped, to taste
1 tablespoon of cooking oil per 150 grams of okra
1 pinch of turmeric
salt to taste
lots of chopped coriander leaves, i used my MAGICAL SCISSORS to do this job in a jiffy!
In a pan heat the oil and add the sliced onions with the ginger and salt to it. Let tgese cook on medium heat stirring them once in a while till they turn a nice beige color, taking care not to brown them. Once they are beige add the potato wedges and the turmeric and cover the pan. Let the potatoes cook slowly. When half cooked add the okra and cook covered till the okra softens slightly. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook till the potatoes, okra and capsicum is done. Garnish with a lot of chopped coriander leaves.
This dish is best eaten with “khichri”. Now many have asked for the recipe of khichri.
1 cup of basmati rice
2 tablespoons of yellow mung daal
2 cardamom pods, crushed slightly
salt to taste
1 tablespoon of butter
Soak the lentils in ample water for a few hours. This is done because the lentils take longer to cook than the rice. Soak the rice for 30 minutes after washing thoroughly. Heat butter in a pan and then add the crushed cardamom pods and then the drained lentils. Give the lentils a stir and then add the drained basmati rice and salt. Add about 1.5 cups of water and cook till the water is absorbed and check if the rice is done. If not, add about 1/4 cup water more and cook. This khichri is good for children and also eaten with papads, yogurt etc.
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