Thursday, August 21, 2008

Stuffed okra

This recipe is from Harveen Choudhary's book "Taste of Rajasthan - Delicious Vegetarian food from the Land of Rajasthan". I loved the methi theplas that I tried from this book and have had a couple of other recipes bookmarked for a while now. This curry is one of them.

What you need:
Ladies finger/okra - about 1/4 kg
Saunf - 1.5 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Gram flour/besan - 2 tsp
Amchur - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp or to taste
Oil - 3 tbsp (that sounds so much better than 12 tsp, doesn't it?)
Kalonji seeds - 1/2 tsp

Wash and dry the okra. Cut into finger length pieces after removing the head of the okra. Make a slit halfway through the cut pieces.
Mix 1 tsp of saunf with the besan, turmeric powder, garam masala, red chilli powder, salt, amchur and 4 tsp of oil. Once well mixed, it will be like a thick paste. Stuff this into the okra using the blunt end of a knife (which is what I did) or a spoon.Heat the rest of the oil in a pan. Add 1/2 a tsp of saunf and kalonji. When it smells really, really good, stir in the okra, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until soft. If you have any stuffing left over, you can add that along with the okra. Ramove the lid and stir on high heat for a few minutes until crisp.
Our dinner tonight - rotis, stuffed okra and panchratni dal
For the recipe of panchratni dal, click here.

I have followed Choudhary's recipe to the T - not even changing the quantities he specifies. The only difference is that the original recipe calls for a tsp each of dhania powder and jeera powder to be included in the stuffing. I had neither, so I skipped it.
The dish is definitely a keeper and will be one of the regulars in our home now. The only thing I will change is the quantity of oil used. Iam going to try it out with less oil next time.


Mandira said...

the stuffed okra looks so delicious... yummy

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Cham said...

I love the stuffed okra :) Looks tasty

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

WOW... Stuffed okra have turned out so perfect for u. Looks so good. YUM!.

notyet100 said...

nice recipe,..

Nidhi said...

Bharvaan Bhindi...You have got the recipe perfectly!
I make this very often. Coriander powder makes an imp ingredient in this. However I don't use any oil in the masala..I dry stuff the masala.

Priti said...

Umm I love bharava bindi too..taste so yummy...yours looks so perfect and yummy

mitr_bayarea said...

Similar to stuffed brinjal, looks so crunchy and tasty. Nice final picture, am going to try this soon.

jayasree said...

Your stuffed okra is making my mouth water. Looks sooo delicious.

Archana said...

ladies finger looks really fresh and nice.Your menu for the dinner looks yummy..:-)

Padma said...

This looks so delicious, would love to try this, thanks 4 visiting my blog jayashree!