Bhinda (Gujarati Okra)
30-35 okras (or one 16 oz. bag of frozen cut okras)
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
Pinch of asafoetida powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dhana jeeru (spice blend of coriander and cumin powder)
1/2 teaspoon salt or depending personal preferance
1/2 teaspoon suger or depending on personal preferance
1). Wash okras and dry it with paper towel. Okras should be as dry as possible otherwise it will become sticky.
2). Cut okra into 1/2 inch thick peices.
3). In a non-stick pan, heat oil on medium high heat.
4). Add musterd seeds and let it sizzle.
5). Lower heat to medium and add turmeric, chili, and asafoetida.
6). Add okras and stir everything well
7). Add salt to okras and stir it again.
8). Cover the pan and let the okras cook until they are tender, stirring occaisionally. Initially okras will be sticky but as it cooks it will become less sticky.
9). Once okra is cooked, add dhana jeeru and sugar. Stir everything and let okras cook uncovered on lowest heat until okras become crispy (almost dry and golden brown).
10). Transfer okras to a 350 degree oven to make it crispy.
11). Serve warm with any type of Indian flatbread.
Pairs Well With
Recipe note: This is a basic recipe to cook any vegetable in Gujarati style. In vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, okra, greenbeans, etc. mustard seeds are used where as for potatoes and eggplant cumin seeds are used. In vegtables like this you can cut down the amount of oil and adjust seaasoning according to your taste. The spices and its amount from the recipe worksfor 3 medium sized potatoes, one medium sized eggplant,cauliflower, cabbage, and 30-35 green beans (or one 16oz bag ofcut green beans or French cut green beans. You can also mix and match vegtables.