This is my husband's favorite Okra recipe and I make it pretty often. As kids, we were encouraged to eat them as they were supposed to sharpen our brains. Now, I know why they said so. Okras are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Fresh okra pods are great anti-oxidants and rich in Vitamin C. I saw several recipes for this but really didn't like any of them. I read through all of them and finally arrived at my own version of this delightful curry. I usually substitute red chilly powder with green chillies as they don't cause heartburn and don't irritate the digestive system. And I use Amchur powder for almost all the North Indian dishes. Here's how I make it.

Ingredients -
15 fresh small Okra (edges trimmed and cut vertically with the ends intact)
1 medium onion (sliced vertically )
1 medium tomato (diced)
1tsp Amchur Powder
3-4 Green chillies (ground to a paste or finely cut)

1 tsp Ginger powder (or a small piece of fresh Ginger)
1 tsp Kasoori Methi
1 tsp Dhania/Jeera Powder
Coriander Leaves/Cilantro for garnish
Salt, to taste
1 pinch turmeric
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin seeds
2 Tsps Oil

Method Of Preparation-
Add 1 tsp of oil in the pan and fry the okras till tender. Ensure that the ends are intact and don't break. Keep them aside.

Add remaining oil into the pan, add jeera into it and wait till it splutters before adding the onions. Saute the onions for 2 minutes and add the tomatoes.

Also add salt and turmeric and let the tomatoes cook. Then, add amchur powder, Dhania-Jeera powder, green chillies and ginger powder to it and mix.

Finally add the fried Okras to this and add Kasoori methi to it and mix it. Switch off the flame and garnish it with coriander leaves.

Serves 2 adults
Preparation Time 10 mins
Cooking time 20 mins
Posted by Jaya on Wednesday, March 31, 2010


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