Sunday, 16 July 2017

How to make Achari Bhindi/ Okra/ ladyfinger

I am an okra lover/bhindi lover. I have always been fond of eating Okra/ ladyfinger. Slowly with time I got fed up of the normal Okra sabji where you just put it with cumin, oil, turmeric and salt. I always kept experimenting with the taste because I wanted to change the way it is cooked. Now I have 3-4 ways of making okra and all of them are super easy yet different and tasty.

Today I am sharing one of them and the others will be on the blog soon. Though I have heard of Achari-bhindi a lot of times but never got to taste it. If you have been reading my posts then you must be aware of my love for pickles and chutneys. So I thought of making achari bhindi myself without any online research.


achari bhindi


After 2-3 attempts I finally reached to the taste I wanted. Everybody who tasted it praised it. There are many recipes of Okra which are tasty but they take too much time for the preparation. Well, the only preparation you need to do for this recipe is just wash and dry the okra and then cut it in whatever way you like. 

I know the hard work to make okra is mainly the washing and drying. It takes too much time :( 
So you have to go through that if you are making a dry okra recipe. I know some of the gravy also. :) 

Okay, so this is a very simple recipe as I told you and it takes maximum 15 minutes cook. The time also depends on the amount of okra you are cooking. I have given this for half kg of okra. 

The ingredients of the recipe are so simple and easily available in any Indian kitchen. You just need to make a mix and then add to okra and you are done. That's it . Isn't it easy. You can serve it with rice and Dal or just a simple prantha will go well. I mix it with curd and I enjoy it a lot. 

The trick of the better taste is to cook it as well as have a crispy layer without frying or burning the okra. Generally if we want crispiness either we fry or we cook it till it burn. Both are not good. 
So stay with me till the end to know the trick. 

Ingredients: 

  1. Okra/ bhindi: 1/2 kg ( washed -dried - cut in any shape)
  2. Cumin seeds/jeera : 1/2 teaspoon 
  3. Dry mango powder/amchoor : 1 teaspoon 
  4. Salt/ namak : as per taste 
  5. Red chilli powder : 1/2 teaspoon
  6. Chaat masala: 1 teaspoon 
  7. Coriander powder/ dhaniya powder : 1/2 teaspoon 
  8. Garam masala: 1/2 teaspoon
  9. Cooking oil : 1 tablespoon 
  10. Lemon juice/ nimbu ka ras : 1 tablespoon 
You can add some sabji masala or let it be. Its totally optional.

mix the dry ingredients except cumin


Recipe:


#1 Like I mentioned earlier in the ingredients, wash the okra properly under flowing water. Dry them with a clean kitchen towel or tissue towel. You can cut them in any size you want. You can either cut them lengthwise or small regular cuts. I prefer the lengthwise cuts so that whole okra can get all the spices.

cut the okra in whatever shape you like

#2 This recipe is full of options.😛So, you can either mix all the the dry ingredients (except cumin) before you put the okra into the pan or you can put later. So,heat the pan and add mustard oil or whatever cooking oil you are using. Let it heat properly and then add the cumin seeds.

add cumin seeds


#3 After the cumin seeds starts spluttering add the okra and give a good mix. If you have not added the dry ingredients till not then you can add them 1-2 minutes later after you have added okra.

add the dry spices mixture if you haven't til now


#4 Mix everything well and let it cook on medium flame for 1-2 minutes without closing the lid.

#5 Now after there is a little moisture in the pan cover the lid and cook it for 8-10 minutes on low flame. Keep mixing in between so that you get an achari flavour in every bite.When the bhindi is compeletly cooked then switch to high flame and cook it for 20-30 seconds for a crispier crust.

#6 After the okra is cooked completely then mix the lemon juice and cook it for 5-10 seconds.

#7 Now your achari bhindi is ready and you can serve it with prantha,roti or rice- dal. It will give a tangy twist to your every day meal.

achari bhindi





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