Monday, April 12, 2010

Bhindi Masala (Okra Masala)

I've been craving for some okra since I started seeing the abundance of harvest at the Farmer's market and also at some local produce market. I finally bought some and the first dish I had in mine to prepare them was Indian style dish. This recipe was forwarded to me by a colleague and she said I should try it myself. I made a few substitution but still turned out quite tasty.


1 lb fresh okra
4 tomatoes
1 large yellow onion
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 teaspoon powder coriander
1 teaspoon chile powder
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon ginger
8 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 bay leaves
5 cloves
salt and pepper to taste 

Slice the okra in small rounds as shown. Dice the onion and the tomatoes. Minced the garlic. Heat a large frying pan and add 4 tablespoon of oil. Add the okra and fried for about 5 minutes. Take out of the pan and set aside. Add the remaining 4 tablespoon of oil and add the bay leaves and cloves and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the onion and the garlic and cook until brown. Add the Garam masala, coriander, chile powder and ginger and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stir with the cooked spice, cover and cooked for about 3 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft but not mushy. Add the okra and stir slowly and cook for another 2 minutes then its done! Remove from pan and serve hot with rice or naan.

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